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Targets Of Racist Graffiti Now Getting Fined For It

 

When Heather Lindsay and Lexene Charles discovered the n-word painted across their garage door on the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, their first instinct wasn’t to remove it. The interracial couple says their home in Stamford, Conn., has been vandalized several times and three neighbors have called Charles the n-word. In each case, police would “sweep it under the table,” Lindsay tells the Stamford Advocate. Not this time. The couple chose to leave the graffiti for the whole neighborhood to see—and they could now go to jail as a result. A police chief tells NBC New York that the couple could face arrest after the city issued a blight citation, meaning Lindsay and Charles face a $100 fine for each day the slur remains visible.

Though officers are investigating the “disgusting” incident on Jan. 14, no witnesses have been found and neighbors are complaining the graffiti is “disturbing the peace,” the city’s director of public safety says. “There are kids in this neighborhood,” says one. “Why do we have to subject them to that?” But Lindsay, 59, says the graffiti won’t be removed until police “do their job” and “not just cover it up … as they have done in the past.” “I’d like to find out who did it, because this has to stop,” Charles, 56, adds, per ABC 7. The couple, who plan to fight any fines in court, are now asking police to investigate certain neighbors. “Act like you give a damn and make sure these people are protected,” says a NAACP rep.

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