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LAPD headquarters vandalized with chalk, permanent marker and feces

By Hayley Fox
Published: Tuesday, October 02, 2012, at 02:38PM

The LAPD Headquarters in downtown was vandalized late Monday night, police say.

Police say their Downtown LAPD headquarters was vandalized late Monday night by who they think were Occupy protesters, due to the nature of the graffiti and its coinciding with the movement's one year anniversary.

The graffiti "clearly identified" itself as related to the Occupy movement, said LAPD Commander Andy Smith. He said there were words and slogans scrawled on the sidewalks surrounding the building as well as on the marble outside the Ronald Deaton Auditorium and on pieces of artwork that line Spring Street. The phrases were written in chalk and permanent marker, and included "Pigs" and "Police protect and serve the one percent."

Smith said that someone also defecated on one of the pedestals that hold up the large sidewalk sculptures.

“It's really sad that someone would have to protest using that method of protesting,” he said.

Police are reviewing surveillance video in the area for leads. While they are investigating the instances of graffiti, Smith said, “certainly we’re more concerned with people using art as a public restroom."

The LAPD commander said they documented the damage with photographs and then called General Services to clean and power-wash the surfaces. Most of the graffiti appeared to be gone by noon on Tuesday.

Attempts to reach members of the Occupy movement were not immediately returned.

Editors note: If you are a member of Occupy and would like to be on our contact list, please send me your information at hfox@blogdowntown.com

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