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Police Seeking Tips On Racist Graffiti Outside Junction City Resident's Home

Junction City Police

Junction City police are asking for leads on who sprayed racist graffiti on a local residence.

Chief Bob Morris says officers arrived at the scene Sunday morning.  A swastika and the “N-word” was found near the apartment of Jocelyn Garcia, who is African-American.

Police and the FBI are investigating the incident as a hate crime. Chief Morris says no one at the residence was physically harmed.

“And in visiting with them, they’ve expressed that in the time that they have lived within Junction City – which I think is more than a decade, they’ve never encountered any racial slurs, any kind of negative consequences based on their race, whatsoever," Morris tells KLCC.  "So this is something that’s a surprise to them.”

Earlier in July, a fire and explosion happened one block away in a building, which was also marked with racist graffiti.  Morris says so far there’s no evidence to link the two events.

Tips can be called in to the Junction City Police Department at (541)998-1245.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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