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Car in Kendall Yards tagged with racist graffiti

This car, pictured on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, was tagged with racist graffiti sometime over the weekend. (Jonathan Glover / The Spokesman-Review)

A car parked in Kendall Yards was tagged over the weekend with racist graffiti.

Saturday evening, multiple Spokesman-Review readers reported seeing the vehicle at around 10:30 p.m. parked on the north side of West Summit Parkway near My Fresh Basket grocery store.

The white Mitsubishi Mirage sedan had several windows broken out, including the rear window, and the insides gutted. The N-word was spray-painted on the driver’s-side door facing traffic, while another obscene word was painted on the passenger side.

The vehicle is apparently parked in a 90-minute space and at some point had a wheel lock clamp fastened to its rear left tire. The car does not have a license plate.

Brian Coddington, spokesman for the city, said a clamp typically goes on a car after four days of unpaid tickets in collection. After that, the owner has two days to pay the fines.

Coddington said Sunday city officials were unaware graffiti had been added to the vehicle. Rather than have it removed, he said the city has to “strike a balance between the right of the registered owner” and having the vehicle removed for public decency.