Albion city leaders outraged by swastika vandalism

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ALBION, Mich. (WOOD) — Albion College says it’s increasing campus patrols after someone painted swastikas on a downtown building.

Albion College President Mauri Ditzler stated the community discovered the vandalism Tuesday morning.

“The ugly symbols we found today and the messages they convey serve to remind us that this is a time to express our support and love to all members of the campus and local community who are feeling particularly vulnerable in this time of uncertainty,” said Ditzler in a statement posted on the college’s website Tuesday morning.

Albion Public Safety officers say several downtown buildings were targeted. The two swastika symbols were spray painted on the window of an empty storefront in the 200 block of South Superior Street.

City leaders decried the act, calling it ethnic intimidation and an act of hatred.

“Every effort will be made to identify the vandals and see that they are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” stated Mayor Joe Domingo in a Tuesday news release.

City leaders say Albion recently formed a diversity community in partnership with Starr Commonwealth to address racism and “forge respectful relationships.”

A Jan. 1, 2016 photo of Starr Commonwealth located in Albion.
A Jan. 1, 2016 photo of Starr Commonwealth located in Albion.

“We recognize that biases exist, yet we remain adamant that we will not stand by silently when acts of hatred occur,” stated city manager Sheryl Mitchell.

Anyone with information in connection to the vandalism is encouraged to contact Silent Observer at 517.629.2700 or Detective Nicole Wygant at 517.629.7824.