April 24, 2012

Graffiti markings reveal underlying issue

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Numerous amounts of graffiti incidents have been reported at Queens College in April, according to the Public Safety crime log.

Within a span of two weeks, 20 incidents of graffiti occurred.

Powdermaker Hall, Kiely Hall and the New Science Building are the buildings that have been “frequently targeted,” according to Rufus Massiah, QC assistant director of Public Safety. Other buildings that have been marked as well but not as frequent include the Fitzgerald Gymnasium, the Dining Hall, King Hall, Remsen Hall and Klapper Hall.

Over the past several weeks, Public Safety observed graffiti written in black marker in the men’s restrooms on campus. Specific graffiti had a more problematic message.

“Some of the graffiti in question had references targeting gays and various minority groups,” Massiah said.

Many of the graffiti incidents are still under investigation and Public Safety is currently working with New York Police Department Detective Theodule from the Hate Crime Task Force.

Under the New York State Unified Court System, “Making Graffiti,” is classified as a misdemeanor and is known as penal law 145.60.

“Under our law, a person is guilty of Making Graffiti when that person makes graffiti of any type on any building, public or private, or any other property…without the express permission of the owner or operator of that property,” according to The New York State Unified Court System website.

Public Safety encourages the QC community to report any suspicious activity noticed in the restrooms. If anyone has information regarding these crimes, contact Public Safety at 718-997-5912.

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