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Mayor Stothert reacts to racist symbols, writings at Zorinsky Park

Zorinsky Park racist writing and symbols
Posted at 2:40 PM, Jul 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 17:26:21-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Update:

The Omaha Police Department says it is now investigating the racially-charged graffiti at Zorinsky Park as a hate crime.

The department asks anyone with information, video or pictures regarding the crime contact Omaha Crime Stoppers at (402) 444-STOP, at www.omahacrimestoppers.org or on the P3 Tips mobile app.

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Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert is reacting after racist writings and symbols were discovered on the grass at Zorinsky Park.

The photos later made the rounds on social media.

"The racist writings and symbols painted on the grass at Zorinsky Park are not indicative of what Omaha is or what Omaha citizens believe. We do not tolerate acts of hate," Stothert said in a statement. "Our Parks maintenance team removed the graffiti on June 30 as soon as we learned about it."

Stothert said Omaha Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime and those responsible will be held accountable.

"The city’s new hate intimidation ordinance could also apply, increasing the possible sentence for persons arrested, charged and convicted in this case," Stothert added.

Anyone with information should call Omaha Police.