Swastikas On Senator's Office Door

PITT COUNTY - Swastikas and anti-government messages blemish the sides of buildings in downtown Greenville.

A purple swastika with the words "criminal government" mars the side of the Hendrix Building in Greenville.

On the buildings side, another message in purple paint reads "blind follow blind".

At the foot of the Pitt County Courthouse steps it reads, "what good is justice if the scales are bent".

Senator Hagan's office was also vandalized. There were two swastikas painted on the front doors and symbol resembling a lightening bolt on the floor. The vandalism has been repaired, but it was all caught on a surveillance camera.

The surveillance footage shows the man walking from the courthouse to Sen. Hagan's office. He spray paints the door, then a symbol on the ground and calmly walks down Evans Street.

"When you have these kinds of things go on, hatred symbols put up, it can be depressing, it can be demoralizing for the community," says Pitt County Resident Jay Petty.

The symbols are something Petty doesn't want his children to see.

"I've got an 11-year-old and a 7-year-old and these are not the type of things I want to explain to them. People they hate, they hate regardless of race, color, whatever it is," says Petty.

While the words have anti-government undertones, there is no clear reason why the man in the video painted the graffiti or why he chose the Hendrix Building, the courthouse and Senator Hagan's office.

"I can't think of anything that's happened that would make them get upset about something," says Leila Falls, a Greenville resident.

Regardless of his motives, the Greenville Police asking anyone who recognizes the man to call Crimestoppers at 758-7777.

The U.S. Capitol Police Department has been notified of this incident. They are cooperating with the Greenville Police Department in regard to the damage done to Senator Hagan's office.

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