The SACRAMENTO BEE and KCRA-TV in Sacramento report that a large outdoor mural of Sacramento Kings player Omri Casspi, who is Israeli, was defaced with a backwards swastika earlier this week.
Sacto Police Department spokesman Konrad von Schoech said local authorities first learned that the plywood display of the NBA player and his Sacramento Kings teammates had been vandalized midday Wednesday. A Nazi symbol was etched between the eyes of Casspi’s image and the removal of the graffiti appears to have permanently damaged the large portrait.
The vandalism took place just down the street from the California State Capital building. California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said of the defaced mural, “This act of hate and intolerance is despicable and cowardly. It is all the more offensive because it occurred on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the celebration of the Jewish new year.”
Von Schoech said the “hate symbolism” elevates the severity of such a vandalism crime and that local police continue to search for suspects.