MU Black Culture Center sign vandalized overnight
COLUMBIA - University of Missouri police are investigating vandalism at the MU Gaines-Oldham Black Culture Center.
Police said they are looking for a suspect who spray-painted over the word "Black" on the sign around 1 a.m. Thursday. They have not received any reports of injuries in the incident.
MUPD investigators are looking over video surveillance footage from that area of campus to identify a suspect. The Missouri State Highway Patrol is assisting with the investigation.
KOMU 8 News went to culture center and found the spray paint had been cleaned off. Communications manager for MU Operations Karlan Seville said campus facilities cleaned the sign around 3 a.m. Thursday.
The MU Legion of Black Collegians tweeted the following picture of the sign shortly after the vandalism occured.
The "Black" has been eliminated in "Black Culture Center". We're not afraid. You clearly are. Stay strong Mizzou. pic.twitter.com/Z45Wt3Ydx9— LBC (@MizzouLBC) November 12, 2015
Gary Ward, Chuck Henson and Hank Foley said in an official statement that additional help will be available for students in light of the recent situation on campus and law enforcment will be present at organized events for students.
"This act is not acceptable. Police will be present at GOBCC while also supporting and protecting our students while they gather."MUPD Chief Doug Schwandt said student safety is the department's top priority.
"We are investigating all crimes as they are reported to us,"Schwandt said. "We are receiving assistance from the Missouri State Highway Patrol and will continue to have an increased security presence on campus for the foreseeable future."
Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to contact Detective Sam Easley at (573) 884-3721 or CrimeStoppers at (573) 875-TIPS.
[Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the most recent information.]