Police in Montgomery, Alabama, have launched a hate crime investigation following the discovery of Nazi symbols and racial slurs spray-painted on cars and houses in the Dannelly Pines neighborhood, a predominantly Black community. The vandalism was reported on Saturday morning, prompting authorities to respond to the scene. Upon arrival, they found broken windows in several homes and vehicles defaced with racial slurs, including the n-word, as well as a swastika painted on a residence.
The motive behind the incident remains unknown, and no arrests have been made thus far. One resident, Otis Ramos, speculated that the act of vandalism may have been related to an altercation with a panhandler at a nearby convenience store who was denied spare change. However, the police have not confirmed this theory.
Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed condemned the hate crime, emphasizing that such acts will not be tolerated in the city. State Representative Phillip Ensler, the first Jewish candidate to secure a seat in Montgomery in nearly 50 years, also denounced the hateful messages and expressed solidarity with the affected community.