EMU Police searching for person who spray-painted racist graffiti on wall of building

Posted at 7:10 PM, Sep 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-20 19:10:40-04

Police on the campus of Eastern Michigan University are looking over surveillance videos in hopes of identifying the person responsible for racist graffiti found on an exterior wall of King Hall.

The racist graffiti sparked a march across campus and a small silent protest by one student near the wall where the vandalism was found this morning by an employee.

The following statement was released by EMU President James Smith on Tuesday.

To Students, Faculty and Staff:

A short time ago, we learned that racist graffiti had been spray painted on a wall of King Hall in the courtyard area of the building. The University strongly condemns such a racist and thoughtless act, which runs completely counter to the values and welcoming environment of our highly diverse Eastern Michigan University community. Our Department of Public Safety is undertaking a full and immediate investigation, and the graffiti has been quickly removed. We are hopeful that security cameras in the nearby area will help provide evidence pointing to who may have perpetrated this action. We also are seeking any information from individuals who may have spotted anything unusual in the overnight or early morning hours in that area.

Rest assured, we will investigate this criminal act to our fullest abilities and will advise our campus community on our progress. Let me reiterate, we condemn this act in the strongest of terms and stand strong in our determination to identify the individual or individuals responsible, and then beyond this to address the broader issues in our community that such an action highlights. If you have any information about this incident, please contact our Department of Public Safety at 734-487-1222.