Graffiti threatening African Americans, Sanders supporters found at UNLV

(Nevada Current file photo)
(Nevada Current file photo)

Graffiti making “a broad threat to our university community as a whole, as well as specific threats against African Americans and local supporters of Bernie Sanders” was found in a bathroom stall at UNLV last week, university officials said Monday.

Campus police are working with the FBI and Metro, and have found “nothing credible to support the threat at this time,” according to a joint statement sent to UNLV students, faculty and staff from university Acting President Marta Meana and University Police Services Director Adam Garcia.

Contacted Monday afternoon, Garcia said the graffiti threatened shootings on campus on Wednesday Oct. 16. Garcia said he could not share the exact message of the graffiti, citing the ongoing investigation. Asked if authorities were reading any significance into the date, Garcia said none other than that it was specified in the graffiti.

“We know such threats – real or otherwise – seek to intimidate and scare specific groups, the joint statement from Meana and Garcia said. “We denounce such action and take legal measures whenever and wherever we can.”

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.


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