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Palm Springs Police respond to vandalism incident

UPDATE 10/22/19: The Palm Springs Police Department issued a statement in regard to an error made in an interview with News Channel 3 on Monday.

On Saturday, 10/19/2019, the Palm Springs Police Department started an investigation into a hate crime allegation that occurred at 1021 S. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. Investigators learned that an unknown suspect drew a swastika symbol on a sign in front of the business. The owner of the building, who is Jewish, discovered the swastika and notified PSPD.

On October 21, 2019, our Media Team provided a statement to KESQ Channel 3 that this allegation was a hate incident and not a hate crime. The information from our media team was inaccurate and we are actively investigating this allegation as a hate crime.

PSPD officers searched the area for surveillance cameras but no surveillance footage has been located at this time that can help with the investigation. PSPD investigators are attempting to identify the suspect in this case and do not have any additional leads.

In California under penal code 422.55, any person who harms, threatens or harasses someone because of their:

Disability,
Gender,
Nationality,
Race or Ethnicity,
Religion, or
Sexual orientation

can be charged with a hate crime.

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