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Martin Luther King Center in Spokane vandalized with racial slurs; SPD investigating as a hate crime

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

An employee of the Martin Luther King Center says they arrived to work Tuesday morning to find their building and transport van had been tagged with racial slurs. 

Pictures sent to KHQ show the "N-word" was sprayed painted in red paint on the side of the building and on the center's transport van. 

"I am sitting here at the MLK Jr Center in Spokane. This happened last night in OUR community. Gathering here at noon. Hope you will join us to stand against hate.," Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart posted on Facebook Tuesday morning. "I never want to hear "let it go" or "get over it" again. Last week's election gave people permission to act like this. Do not pretend in your bubble that these are isolated instances."

City and religious leaders, along with members of the community who heard about the vandalism, gathered at noon to denounce the act, and paint over the graffiti to spread a message of unity. 

Spokane Police did respond to the center, took a report and canvassed the area, looking for anyone who might have seen something. The MLK Center says the incident is being investigated as a hate crime. 

Leaders from the center said in the press conference that the children were being kept inside the center until the graffiti was cleaned up. 

If you know anything that might help police catch the person or persons responsible for this, please call Crime Check at 509-456-2233. 

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