The Long Beach City Council is offering an $8,000 reward for information regarding the desecration of the Martin Luther King Jr. statue at 1950 Lemon Avenue.
On July 2nd, the was marked with spray-painted swastikas and ‘SS’ lightning bolts. In response, Mayor Robert Garcia expressed the importance of the statue and the justice that follows its defacement:
“Our MLK statue is a symbol of hope and justice, and this act of hate has no place in our city. We are asking for anyone with information on this horrific crime to come forward.”
Thanks to the efforts of Councilwoman Suely Saro, Vice Mayor Rex Richardson, Councilmember Al Austin II, and the unanimous vote of the entire City Council, the reward will offer a large incentive to finding the vandals.
“We must never allow these acts of hate to take hold in our community,” said Councilwoman Suely Saro. “Dr. King’s life and legacy inspire us to always uphold his ideals and values for the entire community.”
The graffiti has since been removed by the City’s Parks, Recreation, and Marine Department. However, LBPD have yet to find any workable leads. Without video footage or witnesses, community efforts are essential in suspect identification and location.
Anyone with information is urged to contact officials through any of the following methods:
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