• Matt Esnayra

MLK Statue Defaced with Nazi Symbols in Central Long Beach

Photo courtesy of Pastor Gregory Sanders

The statue of Martin Luther King Jr.was vandalized Friday afternoon with white supremacist graffiti splattered over the monument.


Police were alerted about the incident just after 3 p.m. on Friday at the Central Long Beach neighborhood park named after the civil rights icon.

  • The police are investigating the incident as a hate crime, LBPD spokesperson Richard Mejia told the Post.

  • The Nazi insignia Schutzstaffel or "ᛋᛋ" bolts and the swastika were painted on the statue.

  • The statue has a history of being vandalized, in 2019 plaque recognizing the people who supported the monument's creation was reportedly stolen.

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