Swastikas painted in blood? LA police investigate

Swastikas and other symbols drawn in blood discovered near the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.

March 20, 2019 10:29
Swastikas drawn in blood in Los Angeles.

Swastikas drawn in blood in Los Angeles.. (photo credit: screenshot)


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Los Angeles police are investigating the discovery of the drawing of swastikas and other symbols in blood near the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.

According to multiple California media reports, police discovered a blood trail, including the symbols, on Monday at around 6:45 a.m. Los Angeles time. One symbol appeared near a playground and in or near a bathroom next to the senior center in the Pan Pacific Park in the Fairfax area.
Investigators believe the blood came from someone who suffered an accident, a self-inflicted wound or a criminal act. They are investigating the incident as a hate crime. 

"Acts of hate and anti-Semitism are deeply painful and have no place in the city of Los Angeles," City Councilman David Ryu said in a statement. "With hate incidents on the rise locally and nationally, we must stand up for our diverse communities and their safety. I am in contact with LAPD while this remains under investigation, and urge anyone with information to contact the LAPD Wilshire Division."

Police reviewed surveillance camera footage and leveraged the use of bloodhounds on Monday to hunt for the possible injured person. So far, there are no reports of an arrest.

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