OMAHA — Omaha police and the FBI are investigating after someone spray-painted racist graffiti on a grassy area at a park in west Omaha.
The graffiti covered a large area at Lake Zorinsky Park and included a racial slur, a swastika and a stick-figure hanging from a noose, police said.
Maintenance crews removed the graffiti Tuesday as soon as officials learned of it, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert said. Authorities are investigating the vandalism as a hate crime, she said.
“The racist writings and symbols painted on the grass at Zorinsky Park are not indicative of what Omaha is or what Omaha citizens believe,” Stothert said in a written statement. “We do not tolerate acts of hate.”
Omaha police and the FBI are asking anyone who has information, video or pictures regarding the vandalism to contact Crime Stoppers.