A Connecticut couple was horrified to find racist graffiti spray painted across their garage in January. Now, they are facing thousands of dollars in fines after they refused to cover up the vandalism until police make progress in their investigation.
Heather Lindsay, who is white, and Lexene Charles, who is black, said that they discovered the N-word painted on their house days before Martin Luther King Day and believe that they were targeted as an interracial couple, reports WABC.
"I'd like to find out who did it, because this has to stop," Charles told WABC.
Indeed, Stamford Director of Public Safety Ted Jankowski said in an email to The Stamford Advocate that the police department is investigating; however, he said that officers have been unable to find witnesses or video footage of the incident.
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"The neighbors were very upset when the incident occurred and truly felt for the couple," Jankowski wrote to The Stamford Advocate. "However, the residents who have condemned the racial incident are upset and are complaining about continuing to see the racial slur and how it is disturbing the peace in the quiet neighborhood."
The police department offered to remove the slur from the garage free of charge, but the couple has repeatedly declined, which has racked them up a $3,600 fine, which grows by $100 per day.
Lindsay said that she will not remove the word from her garage until officials "do their job" and "not just cover it up and sweep it under the table as they have done in the past." She said that their house has been vandalized several times before and that at least three of her neighbors have called her husband the N-word.
"For them to be called n*****, it must be so hurtful that they can easily just erase the board and suffer within, quietly by themselves, and act like nothing happened," said Darnell Crosland, legal counsel for the state NAACP. "And in fact, that's what the Stamford police asked them to do. They were requested to take the sign down... and to just act normal, like nothing happened."
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Crosland urged the police to canvass the neighborhood, "put a patrol car out here and act like you give a d***" in order to "make sure these people are protected."