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Swastikas found painted under railway bridge on College Avenue

A spray-painted swastika found under the railway underpass on 14th Street and College Avenue was reported to the Bloomington mayor's office Monday afternoon, according to a release from the city.

The vandalism was painted over by Public Works employees shortly after it was reported, according to the release.

This marks at least the fourth incident of hate-based vandalism around Bloomington in the past week. Similar symbols were found and reported to the mayor's office Friday. They were painted over by 10 a.m. that morning, according to a release that day.

Bloomington police are investigating the incidents and have not yet determined whether the vandalism is connected.

‚ÄúThese acts of hate do not represent the culture and values of Bloomington," Mayor John Hamilton said in Monday's release. "Every person is welcome here. Messages of hate are not. We will aggressively pursue every avenue open to us to find the person or persons who are responsible for this and they will be held accountable."

Jesse Naranjo

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