Why was KKK graffiti left on home for days?

Posted at 9:13 AM, Jul 30, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-30 11:36:25-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - South Richmond neighbors expressed their frustration and questioned why "KKK" graffiti was left up so long on an abandoned South Richmond home. Neighbors said the graffiti was on the home for days after it was reported to police.

"Someone's got to come out here and just take 20 minutes and either spray paint over it or just roll some white paint on it," neighbor Michael Rodney said about the graffiti on the Lasalle Drive home. "We reported it to the police. Other people have too."

When asked why the graffiti had not yet been cleaned, Richmond Public Works spokeswoman Sharon North said her department was not aware of the graffiti. She added the city needed permission from the property's owners before working on the home.

Real estate records show a couple owns the home.

City work crews arrived at the house Monday afternoon to board up the property and paint over the graffiti.

"It's a good thing. It's a good thing for the neighborhood. It's a good thing for the community," Rodney said.

North said the city relies on residents to report graffiti and blight directly to the Department of Public Works. To make a report, Richmonders can call 311 or click here to submit an online form.