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Swastikas, 'white power' marked on Baldwin Hills garages

June 24, 2012 | 11:11 am

Los Angeles police are investigating a hate crime in Baldwin Hills after vandals drew swastikas and wrote "white power" on a handful of garage doors Friday night.

The suspects used a marker to write on several garage doors in the 4500 block of Don Miguel about 11:15 p.m., a sergeant with the LAPD's Southwest Station said. Each of the doors had a swastika, but one read "white power."

All of the residents are black, he said.

The sergeant said the vandalism was unusual for the neighborhood and there had been no similar events recently.

"We're wondering if this is some kids being stupid or someone being targeted," he said.

Jonathan Brewer, whose garage was vandalized, told CBS-2 he saw the swastikas and "just couldn't believe it."

Resident Valencia Harvey told the television station she painted over the graffiti right away.

"I felt frightened," she said. "What have I done to you to do something of this magnitude? This is hate."

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— Kate Mather

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