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San Pedro family victim of racially motivated attack


They ‘no longer feel safe’

An investigation was underway late last week after a Black San Pedro family’s car was vandalized with a racial slur and swastikas sometime after Christmas—an incident that left the family in fear for its safety and local elected officials “horrified” and “outraged.”

In a statement on Jan. 4, L.A. City Councilman Tim McOsker, whose 15th District includes San Pedro, said he was “horrified to learn of the disgusting, vile vandalism that occurred in San Pedro over the holidays.”

KTLA-TV reported that Reginald Scott’s red Ford Mustang had the message “Merry Christmas,” followed by the n-word, spray-painted on one side. The other side was painted with indiscernible lettering, while the bumper was sprayed-painted with swastikas, and the vehicle’s tires were slashed.

“I have spoken to LAPD’s Harbor Division leadership and we are very clear that whoever defaced Mr. Scott’s car is to be found and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, specifically as a hate crime,” McOsker said.

L.A. Mayor Karen Bass issued a statement Friday, saying, “These harmful acts of vandalism and hatred in San Pedro are unacceptable in our city. Hate crimes are on the rise and African Americans continue to be the most common victims in Los Angeles County, like in this case.”

She added, “We will continue our work with the Civil and Human Rights and Equity Department as well as with the Los Angeles Police Department to work to hold individuals responsible for these actions accountable.” The Scott family, in a message posted on a GoFundMe page, said it first became aware of the vandalism on Dec. 29, after neighbors notified police.

An LAPD Harbor Division spokeswoman told City News Service that the vehicle was discovered vandalized near 10th Street and Patton Avenue around 10 a.m. on Dec. 29. Detectives responded around 1 p.m., and believe the crime occurred sometime in the evening of Dec. 28 going into the 29th, the spokeswoman said.

The Scotts’ GoFundMe page says it is aimed at raising money to help the family move from the apartment it’s occupied for 20 years.

“We ... no longer feel safe,” the family’s post said. “It would be so wonderful to have the community support us through this difficult time, and help us move and recreate the peace our household once had.”

According to KTLA, Scott said his wife “doesn’t want the door to be unlocked. She’s pretty much on high alert.”

As of Jan. 5, the GoFundMe page had raised $2,465 toward a $30,000 goal.

KTLA also reported that Scott had been targeted similarly at least two times, which included his truck being set on fire about two years ago and his truck tires cut and further vandalized with a substance sprayed on them during Halloween.