An interracial couple is completely unsatisfied with the lack of police response to race based vandalism as they “sweep it under the table” again.
It has been just over a month since Martin Luther King Day weekend, when someone spray-painted the word “nigger” on an interracial couple’s home in Stamford, CT. However, the couple have refused to remove it, because police have not properly investigated the incident. And, now, the couple have received a blight citation from the city, carrying a $100 daily fine for not cleaning the graffiti.
The Root reported the couple believe they are now under attack by the people who were supposed to protect them after receiving the citation for refusing to remove or cover up the slur that was spray-painted in huge letters across their garage door.
Heather Lindsay, who is white, said that she will not remove the slur until authorities “do their job” and “not just cover it up and sweep it under the table as they have done in the past.”
Lindsay said that her home has been vandalized multiple times and that at least three neighbors have yelled the n-word at her husband, Lexene Charles, who is black.
Rather than do a real investigation, police told them to remove the graffiti and basically act like it didn’t happen…again.
“For them to be called nigger, it must be so hurtful that they can easily just erase the board and suffer within, quietly by themselves, and act like nothing happened,” Darnell Crosland, legal counsel for the state’s NAACP, told the news site. “And, in fact, that’s what the Stamford police asked them to do. They were requested to take the sign down … and to just act normal, like nothing happened.”
Crosland is calling on the Stamford Police Department to do their job and find out who is responsible for the hate before it turns to violence.
“What we want you do to is to go canvass this neighborhood and find out who did this,” Crosland added. “What we want you to do is to put a patrol car out here and act like you give a damn, and make sure these people are protected.”
Authorities insist the issue is being investigated properly.
“The incident that occurred is disgusting and it is something the Stamford Police Department continues to have under investigation,” the city’s director of public safety, Ted Jankowski, told the Advocate.
Jankowski said that officers spoke to the homeowners and neighbors but they did not find anyone willing to admit to seeing or hearing someone spray-painting the garage door. They also said the security cameras in the area did not capture the incident.
He added that the police department has offered multiple times to remove the slur from the door at no cost, and that Police Chief Jon Fontneau has personally spoken to the couple, however, the homeowners have refused.
“The neighbors were very upset when the incident occurred and truly felt for the couple,” Jankowski wrote. “However, the residents who have condemned the racial incident are upset and are complaining about continuing to see the racial slur and how it is disturbing the peace in the quiet neighborhood.”
Because, you know, seeing a racial slur around your neighborhood is much more upsetting than knowing that someone in your neighborhood is racist enough and hateful enough to do that to a couple minding their own business.
Jack Bryant, president of the Stamford NAACP, said the slur is “profoundly offensive” and a “scathing insult” that will have “a lasting effect not only on the family residing in that house, but also on Stamford as a community.”
“One of Stamford’s strengths is the diversity of its population,” he said. “We all should feel safe and comfortable living here, no matter what race.”
Let us know in the comments what you think of the homeowner’s response to the hateful graffiti. Is the police response appropriate?
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)