Vandals spray-painted swatiskas and racial slurs on the home and cars of several Torrance residents who had displayed campaign signs or bumper stickers supporting President-elect Barack Obama, authorities said today.

The incidents occurred Saturday night in the Hollywood Riviera section of the city, said Sgt. Bernard Anderson. Four separate incidents were reported the next day between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., he said.

No arrests have been made.

At one home, the phrase “Go Back to Africa” was spray-painted across the wall, in addition to a racial epithet on the garage door, Anderson said. Several parked vehicles on the streets also were spray-painted with racial slurs, he said.

“We’re taking this very seriously,” Anderson said, noting that investigators had been working closely with residents, community groups, and other local police agencies. “We’re putting all of our resources into this investigation.”

The incidents are being investigated as possible hate crimes.

Anyone with information about the incidents can call police at (310) 328-3456.

Source: Associated Press
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