Gov. Inslee Releases Statement on Recent Anti-Muslim Graffiti Incidents in Seattle Area
Bothell police and Snohomish County Sheriffs continue to investigate a recent rash of anti-religious graffiti incidents involving a school, temple and other buildings.
On Feb. 17 officials at the Hindu Temple and Cultural Center in Bothell found spray painted messages on the outside walls reading "Get Out." A few blocks away similar markings were painted on Skyview Junior High School.
Those messages included swastikas and the words "Muslims get out."
Thursday, Gov. Inslee used his weekly press conference to release the following statement:
I condemn these acts of intolerance, intimidation and violence,” Inslee told reporters. “Diversity is a cornerstone of our state. It is what makes this such a great place to live, work and grow a family. I want to let all of those affected by the recent crimes that Washington stands with you.”
These incidents come at a time when the Seattle area has also seen an increase in violence against what is called the LGBTQ community. 2014 marked a noted increase in such crimes, according to various sources. Officials say the trend appears to be carrying over into 2015.