University of California President's Berkeley Home Vandalized

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A hate crime investigation is underway after University of California officials say vandals painted racial slurs on the home of the UC president. The hate-filled graffiti has left a Berkeley neighborhood outraged and on edge.

Bruce O’Neill showed NBC Bay Area where somebody spray painted the date of the insurrection on his neighbor’s property. While the graffiti’s has now been removed, Berkeley police said vandals painted racial slurs, profanity and symbols on the home of UC President Michael Drake last week.

“It was the front of the house, maybe like four patches in front, and then the back wall,” said O’Neill.

The UC office of the President said they’re working with investigators to find those responsible. They released the following statement:

“The University of California condemns all hate crimes committed against members of our campus communities. We will continue doing everything possible to create a safe and welcoming university community for all.”

Neighbors said the house has been targeted before. They said someone recently smashed the windows prompting University officials to install a fence around the home.

Residents said that they want Drake and his family to know they are welcome there and hope whoever’s responsible is caught.

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