Cleveland police investigate racist graffiti spray painted on car
POSTED: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 3:00am
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 3:04am
Cleveland, OH (WJW) — Is it vandalism, or a hate crime?
A Cleveland woman wakes up to find her car spray-painted with disturbing graffiti.
When Laquita Bradford, 26, woke up around 6:30 a.m. Sunday, her 2005 Nissan Altima had been spray-painted all over in orange and the letters KKK were scrawled on the side door.
"I got up, I looked out and I seen that it's all over the car…I seen it over the license plate or whatever, so I'm just thinking 'dang'," said Bradford.
She says about an hour before she heard commotion in front of her house on Lawn Avenue in Cleveland, but she stayed in bed until someone called her to tell her about the car.
"So I came outside and I walk around the car and I see 'KKK' and I'm shocked, like are you really serious?" she said.
Bradford says it took several hours for her friends and family to scrub off as much paint as they could.
"We had to scrub and just find anything that would probably remove it in the house," Bradford said.
She says several weeks ago, someone spray-painted the car with gold paint, but the damage was not as extensive.
"This time it was all on the top of the car, all on the license plate, all on the front Nissan symbol, all on the windows and everything…I'm like 'wow'," said Bradford.
She says she has recently been in a dispute with one of her neighbors. Bradford suspects that person is the one responsible for both incidents, but police say they can't find any evidence to prove it.
"Twice within, like two or three weeks, that's just…all signs point to her, all of them…I wouldn't have thought she was racist until she started saying racial things," Bradford said.
Now, the mother of two worries whether this vandalism could escalate to something worse.
"KKK, that's serious to me, I can take it if you just calling me names or whatever, but KKK, ok, so now what are you saying? Because I had to explain to all of these kids what that even meant," Bradford said.
According to a police report, officers spoke to the neighbors that Bradford accused of spray-painting her car. They denied doing it, and officers say they saw no signs of spray paint on their hands or clothing.