Spokane police are investigating a swastika and message referencing Donald Trump spray-painted on a Mexican family’s home in the Logan Neighborhood.
The graffiti, which read, “Can’t stump the Trump, Mexicans,” was reported to police Tuesday morning on a garage.
Leticia Rosas lives in the house with her husband and their three children.
She said her husband found the graffiti Saturday morning and painted over it Monday.
Rosas said she had no idea who would have targeted her family, but believes it’s someone who knows she and her husband immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico.
“We don’t have problems with the neighbors,” she said.
Rosas said she hasn’t been targeted for being Mexican before or experienced racism in Spokane, but said the graffiti scared her.
“We’re afraid they’re going to do something,” she said.
Spokane police spokesman Officer Shane Phillips said the department was investigating it as a malicious mischief incident. He said earlier Tuesday he was not aware of the family’s race or ethnicity.
The decision of whether to classify it as a hate crime will be determined by the Major Crimes unit later this week, he said.
“I don’t know if it will rise to that threshold or not,” he said.
The graffiti comes a day after someone spray-painted a racial epithet on Spokane’s Martin Luther King Jr. Family Outreach Center, prompting a gathering of community members and city officials who painted over the message.
Phillips said police do not have any suspects in either case.