Sacto 9-1-1
September 16, 2010
Kings player's mural defaced with swastika again

By Kim Minugh
kiminugh@sacbee.com

A midtown mural depicting Sacramento Kings player Omri Casspi recently was defaced with a swastika - the second time in a week, according to authorities.

An unidentified caller reported the vandalism on the mural - painted along the east side of 16th street, south of Q Street - to city officials about 10:30 a.m., said Sacramento police Sgt. Norm Leong. City workers painted over the swastika shortly thereafter.

Leong said it's unclear when the vandalism occurred, though it likely was recent.

Thumbnail image for RP OMRI CASPI MURAQL.JPGA mural depicting the Kings' Omri Casspi, was defaced for a second time in a week on Thursday. City workers quickly touched up the mural. photo by Randy Pench

Last week, city officials were alerted to a swastika painted on the forehead of Casspi, who is from Israel. Leong said police have no leads on that crime, or the more recent one.

And although police take the matter seriously, Leong said, officers have little to go on without tips from the community.

"We continue to hope that someone will provide information," he said.

He went on to say that such a hate-crime is "not acceptable" in the city of Sacramento, adding "I don't think it's a reflection of our community, being as diverse as we are."

Sacramento's Crime Alert organization is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information regarding the crime. Recently, officials from the Anti-Defamation League supplemented that reward with an additional $1,000.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357).

Call The Bee's Kim Minugh, (916) 321-1038.

KCRA: Kings mural vandal called 'village idiot'

Previous coverage:

Casspi 'hurt' by defaced mural - Sept. 10, 2010

Swastika painted on Kings mural in Sacramento - Sept. 9, 2010

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