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The Arizona State University Police Department is investigating an act of racist vandalism near the ASU Tempe campus, according to the department.

ASU Police received reports of graffiti that included racial slurs against African Americans at ASU on Friday, according to Adam Wolfe, a spokesperson with the department.

The graffiti was found near ASU Gammage, located at the crossroads of Mill Avenue and Apache Boulevard, police said.

Wolfe said the graffiti was immediately removed.

“ASUPD is disgusted by this blatant act of racism, and this type of behavior is not tolerated by our Department,” Wolf said.

ASU President Michael Crow released a statement Monday evening regarding ASU’s efforts toward fostering a community of respect and inclusion.

“We endeavor to remain vigilant and proactive in stamping out behavior that threatens the health and well-being of our community,” the statement said.

Crow has released several inclusion and diversity statements to the ASU community following the Black Lives Matter protests this summer initiated by the death of George Floyd.

“To be clear, ASU condemns behaviors and actions that threaten or intimidate any individual group of individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, age … or any other particular status,” the statement said.

ASU is asking people with additional information about the recent vandalism to call ASUPD at 480-965-3456.


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