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Small towns not exempt from racially motivated vandalism

CLAY CENTER – Rural small towns are finding they are not exempt from the hate that has plagued the United States recently after the killing of George Floyd stirred up protests and riots and crimes.

According to the Clay Center Kansas Police Department, Chief Bill Robinson reported that several places in their small town of Clay Center had been vandalized.

On Sunday, early Monday morning, vandalism occurred mainly along Lincoln and Grant streets from the 800 blocks to 12th Street and then north to the water tower on 12th street.

"It saddens me to see that the hatefulness that is going on in our country has finally reared its ugly head in our little town," said Robinson. "Just yesterday I was telling Mayor Thatcher how fortunate we all were to be somewhat insulated from the things that are going on in the bigger cities. For those of you who have not heard, several places were vandalized with spray paint in Clay Center last night. The vandal(s) wrote racially motivated hate slogans on our newly painted water tower, private garages, Lincoln School, and some City property. I want to make it perfectly clear that I consider these acts hate crimes and will treat them as such. This will not be tolerated in our city. Officers are doing everything possible to identify the person(s) responsible for this."

The If anyone in these areas has video surveillance, please check, and see if you caught these criminals on camera. If you have any information about these crimes, please contact the Clay Center Police Department at 785 632-2121.

Beloit Call

P.O. Box 309, Concordia, Ks. 66901

Phone: 785-738-3537