A Santa Monica Canyon resident alerted the Los Angeles Police Department to stenciled hate messages that were found at Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades.
“I saw a news segment on Channel 9 last night about this and evidently the stencils start at Will Rogers and continue along the bike path into Santa Monica,” the Palisades resident said, noting that the photos had been taken this morning, May 10. The resident also contacted Beaches and Harbors and asked officials to remove the messages.
LAPD came to the site and wrote a report. The County sent workers who covered the anti-Semitic remarks with blue paint.
According to a May 9 CBSLA 2, KCAL 9 report, the graffiti had been sprayed on benches and pathways from Will Rogers to Venice.
“The neon spray-painted messages are hard to miss and especially upsetting with phrases like ‘the Jew is guilty’ repeatedly painted along the pathways,” the report stated.
“I’m especially offended because we are Jewish and it’s scary,” Gabriel Lerner, a Santa Monica resident, told CBS-LA’s Laurie Perez. Lerner and his wife, Celia Grail, came across the graffiti during a walk on the beach this weekend.
Said Perez, “Police have said that they are aware of the racist tropes showing up in the area. More of the hate-inspired language was added this weekend. It’s only been two weeks, as well as a month earlier, that similar graffiti was being painted on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. A neighbor in the area took it upon himself to clean that graphic language up himself.”
If a resident sees someone stenciling hate messages, please call LAPD immediately.