City officials say they’re upgrading cameras in Martin Luther King Jr. Park after they failed to capture whoever painted Nazi symbols there last month.
“I think the higher the reward goes, the more chance that someone will turn in the perpetrator,” one councilwoman said.
The reward is being requested by Councilwoman Suely Saro, who represents the area of the city that includes Martin Luther King Jr. Park where the statue was spray painted with a swastika and what appeared to be SS bolts earlier this month.
“These individuals should not get away with doing this in the darkness of night without their identities being known,” said Councilman Al Austin.
The incident is being investigated as a possible hate crime.
The handwritten, anonymous note celebrated the recent death of “Byong,” the name of the woman’s late husband, Det. Jon Ainley said.
Between Jan. 1, 2020 and Feb. 28, 2021, a total of 19 hate crimes were reported and none of them fell under the category of anti-Asian, according to data obtained by the Post.
It’s a well-known white-nationalist slogan, but it doesn’t threaten or degrade any specific group protected by California’s hate crime law, police said.
The trend has county officials “extremely concerned” and follows a larger pattern of hate crimes increasing 32% in the last four years, according to a countywide report.
A recent example of such an incident happened in Price’s district earlier this month when an Orange Coast College faculty member was captured on video telling an Asian-American family to go back to their country. The video went viral and the woman was placed on leave.