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Vandalized yard sign prompts hate crime investigation

Black Lives Matter sign replaced with the word 'Asian'

A Palo Alto resident's Black Lives Matter sign was defaced last week by someone who replaced the word "Black" with "Asian," prompting the Police Department to investigate the matter as a hate crime, the agency said Tuesday.

A reported vandalism case in which a Palo Alto resident's Black Lives Matter sign was defaced is under investigation as a hate crime. Embarcadero Media file photo.

A woman in her 60s called police on April 5 at 4:08 p.m. to report the incident, which occurred in the 3300 block of Park Boulevard of the Ventura neighborhood. The sign, which was at the resident's home, was vandalized between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., according to a police press release.

An adhesive was used to cover the word "Black" with a piece of paper bearing the word "Asian." The resident attempted to remove the paper but it destroyed the original sign, which she valued at $10, police said.

The incident was the third time the sign had been tampered with. The prior cases occurred October 2021 and February 2022. Both were also documented by police as hate incidents. An unknown person had placed an "Asian Lives Matter" sign over the resident’s sign, causing no damage.

Police suspect all three incidents are likely related, but they don't know why the residence continues to be targeted, according to the release. The department has had no similar incidents involving yard signs reported so far this year.

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"Officers will thoroughly investigate any reported hate crimes in Palo Alto, including stolen or destroyed yard signs if the incident appears to be motivated by the victim's real or perceived protected social group," the department said.

"The City of Palo Alto strongly denounces hate crimes of all kinds and encourages community members to promptly report these incidents by calling our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413 or 9-1-1 if it is an emergency," the police press release said.

To view details on other hate crimes reported in Palo Alto, visit cityofpaloalto.org/PAPDnews and search by keyword "hate."

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to [email protected] or sent by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984.

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Vandalized yard sign prompts hate crime investigation

Black Lives Matter sign replaced with the word 'Asian'

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Uploaded: Tue, Apr 12, 2022, 9:51 am

A Palo Alto resident's Black Lives Matter sign was defaced last week by someone who replaced the word "Black" with "Asian," prompting the Police Department to investigate the matter as a hate crime, the agency said Tuesday.

A woman in her 60s called police on April 5 at 4:08 p.m. to report the incident, which occurred in the 3300 block of Park Boulevard of the Ventura neighborhood. The sign, which was at the resident's home, was vandalized between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., according to a police press release.

An adhesive was used to cover the word "Black" with a piece of paper bearing the word "Asian." The resident attempted to remove the paper but it destroyed the original sign, which she valued at $10, police said.

The incident was the third time the sign had been tampered with. The prior cases occurred October 2021 and February 2022. Both were also documented by police as hate incidents. An unknown person had placed an "Asian Lives Matter" sign over the resident’s sign, causing no damage.

Police suspect all three incidents are likely related, but they don't know why the residence continues to be targeted, according to the release. The department has had no similar incidents involving yard signs reported so far this year.

"Officers will thoroughly investigate any reported hate crimes in Palo Alto, including stolen or destroyed yard signs if the incident appears to be motivated by the victim's real or perceived protected social group," the department said.

"The City of Palo Alto strongly denounces hate crimes of all kinds and encourages community members to promptly report these incidents by calling our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413 or 9-1-1 if it is an emergency," the police press release said.

To view details on other hate crimes reported in Palo Alto, visit cityofpaloalto.org/PAPDnews and search by keyword "hate."

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to [email protected] or sent by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984.

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Barron Parker Too
Registered user
Barron Park
on Apr 12, 2022 at 11:01 am
Barron Parker Too, Barron Park
Registered user
on Apr 12, 2022 at 11:01 am

Hate crime? You have rendered the term meaningless, doing a tremendous disservice to actual victims of hate crimes. To have the police pursue this as a "hate crime" is idiotic.

This is a trivial case of vandalism. Replacing "Black" by "Asian" does not by any stretch of the imagination constitute hatred or any level of animosity toward any ethnicity. Think about it for a microsecond.


Bystander
Registered user
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 12, 2022 at 1:00 pm
Bystander, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
Registered user
on Apr 12, 2022 at 1:00 pm

There was a move not so long ago to stop crime against Asians. I'm sure there may have been lawn signs supporting this. There is another article about defecating on a Ukrainian flag.

I no longer have any idea if these are hateful against any particular group, but they are definitely not what is expected in civil neighborhoods.

Should we really be concentrating on everyone getting on with everyone, with respecting other's property, and allowing us to support whoever we want to support. Lawn signs can be anything, advertising businesses, supporting a graduating high school senior, supporting a candidate or party for election, supporting a group or sending another type of message. Labeling one worse than another is doing a disservice to anyone who has had any type of lawn sign defaced or their property interfered with.


Observer
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Greater Miranda
on Apr 12, 2022 at 1:53 pm
Observer, Greater Miranda
Registered user
on Apr 12, 2022 at 1:53 pm

This article says that there have not been any similar incidents involving yard signs this year, but this is inaccurate. A Black Lives Matter sign was damaged in the Midtown area, accompanied by multiple messages with threats of violence against the resident. The Palo Alto police department was notified, and contacted the resident, so they are well aware of it, as are many others in the community.


S. Underwood
Registered user
Crescent Park
on Apr 12, 2022 at 3:28 pm
S. Underwood, Crescent Park
Registered user
on Apr 12, 2022 at 3:28 pm

This is the second time in a week that I've been tempted to comment on the inane use of the phrase "hate crime" in Palo Alto. I think we have officially descended into full-on group think.

For the record, in the first incident (vandalizing a Ukrainian flag) I felt the act was kind of sick, but labeling it a hate crime still inappropriate by the letter, the spirit, and the legacy of hate crime legislation and enforcement. In this incident, it seems that by altering the sign someone is trying to indicate that anti-asian racism is equally problematic and prevalent as anti-black racism. A debatable claim, and even more dubious is the idea that vandalizing a sign is a useful expression of the idea. But if you think it's a hate crime, you have (imho) a conclusion in search of confirming evidence.


vmshadle
Registered user
Meadow Park
on Apr 13, 2022 at 5:01 pm
vmshadle, Meadow Park
Registered user
on Apr 13, 2022 at 5:01 pm

"In this incident, it seems that by altering the sign someone is trying to indicate that anti-asian racism is equally problematic and prevalent as anti-black racism."

S. Underwood, do you not recall what happened in the early part of the pandemic, when Americans turned on fellow Asian citizens with harassment and acts of violence? This also happened here in Palo Alto. Here's an example from less than a year ago:

Web Link

Furthermore, ranking misery has never helped anyone. Unless you yourself are Black or Asian, probably not a good idea to opine without either personal experience or hard evidence for your assertion.


We Told You So!
Registered user
Menlo Park
on May 5, 2022 at 5:13 pm
We Told You So!, Menlo Park
Registered user
on May 5, 2022 at 5:13 pm

I sorta get it now?
Its a "One up Game about Racism"?
I Matter more than you do?
Am replacing My Better Sign (a piece of paper)?
Because it has "Asian" on it?
You vandalize the Sign, you get "The Brownie Points of Life" added?
So if an Asian refuses to Rent to a Black or brandish a Gun, at a Black in Their Store, they get more Brownie points (15pts)?
And If a Black attacks a Little Old Lady or Man and They fall down and expirer The Black gets 10pts per Old person?
While attending a East Palo Alto CC Meeting. A Speaker said this.... "When we moved in, We saved You from having Rats & Roaches"....Is this an example of Mattering More?
All of this is Just PLAIN SILLY!


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