Police: Racist graffiti found ‘etched’ onto bathroom stalls at Hoppers
SALISBURY, Md. – On Wednesday, more racist graffiti was found in Salisbury, but this time, it was at a bar and restaurant that’s located across the street from Salisbury University’s campus. The ‘hate graffiti’, described by police, was found engraved on stalls in both the men and women’s bathrooms at Hoppers Tap House. Messages that say, “The KKK was here,” and, “N*****s gotta go.”
“We have secured the evidence and the videotapes from inside and they are being analyzed as we speak, “said Lieutenant Christopher Davala with the Maryland State Police.
Glenn Ains, the owner of Hoppers, tells 47 ABC after discovering the messages Wednesday night, he immediately called police who’ve been working around the clock ever since, to find whoever is responsible. But what’s more shocking? The incident comes less than a week after police identified a suspect in an ongoing investigation of racist graffiti being written on the walls of buildings at Salisbury University. The campus that’s located less than half a mile from Hoppers.
“There is no link at this time between the two investigations. As the Maryland State Police, we are investigating this as a sole incident. Whether or not it be copycat, or someone just trying to get attention we do not know. It is still fresh and we’re still in the investigative mode,” said Davala.
But police say if need be, they’ll join forces with whoever they need to, to ensure those involved are caught.
“Once we determine some more evidence that’s collected we’ll be working with Salisbury University to see if there’s any type of collaboration between the two, but at this time it is a sole individual investigation,” said Davala.
47 ABC did reach out to Salisbury University to see if they had a statement regarding this incident. They said they were not aware of what happened and that campus police, for now, will not be investigating since the incident occurred off-campus. Police add that the investigation is still ongoing, and anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to call Maryland State Police at 410-749-3101. Callers may remain anonymous.