BOYLE HEIGHTS –– The LAPD has opened a hate crime investigation after several new Boyle Heights galleries have been the targets of vandalism amid anti-gentrification protests, reports The L.A. Times. The words “Fuck White Art” were spray painted across one gallery last month shortly after anti-gentrification protesters marched through the area, taunting gallery visitors and demanding that the art spaces move out.
“We don’t know who actually did [the vandalism], but because it actually made a reference to anti-white art or anti-white, it’s basically saying that it’s a hate crime based on that,” Det. John Parra of the LAPD’s Hollenbeck station told the Times. There were at least three cases of vandalism that are being investigated.
The LAPD’s Hollenbeck Division held a meeting last week with gallery owners as they try to come up with a plan to deal with the vandalism and tensions.
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