Orange County officials decry hateful graffiti, threats to kill Jerry Brown
Orange County officials are decrying a string of hateful graffiti, including some that threatened to kill Gov. Jerry Brown on Valentine's Day.
"Every community experiences some form of graffiti," said Anaheim Police Sgt. Rick Martinez, "but to see hateful messages like this is rare, especially when you're dealing with the message of killing added to religion, ethnicities and now aimed at a politician."
"It's more than just a little graffiti," said Rusty Kennedy, executive director of the Orange County Human Relations Committee. "This is graffiti that has the intent of terrifying and scaring a specific group of people. ... It's being targeted at people in an effort to pick them out and bully them."
In addition to the Jerry Brown graffiti, Orange County cities have seen a spate of graffiti calling on people to kill Catholics, blacks, Asians and Latinos in recent weeks.
-- Paloma Esquivel in Santa Ana
Photo: "We gonna kill GOV. BROWN 2/14/11" was scrawled on this Santa Ana wall, which has since been cleaned. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times