Local police and elected officials are calling attention to an act of vandalism that left a South Los Angeles mural honoring members of the Black Panthers covered in racist imagery.
According to police, swastikas were painted on the faces of four individuals memorialized in the public mural.
Investigators are seeking tips from the public and politicians including state Rep. Karen Bass are denouncing the act.
“When people think of racism like this, they think about some far-off time in some far-off land,” the Democrat tweeted on Thursday. “But this is today, in South Los Angeles, on Crenshaw. These are swastikas on Black faces. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.”
Authorities say the offensive paint has been removed from the wall.