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Kansas City Public Library says patron drew swastikas on window, portrait at Central Library

Posted: 6:58 PM, Dec 12, 2016
Updated: 2016-12-13 11:02:35Z

The Kansas City Public Library says its Central Library location had four separate incidents of vandalism on Sunday.

A statement from the library says a patron drew swastikas on a library portrait, a glass window in the main entrance and a stairwell. "Racist, derogatory and hateful" messages were also written inside a men's bathroom stall. 

The patron was caught on surveillance video and staff contacted police. 

In the statement, the library condemned the vandalism and the sentiment behind it. It said, "While we respect an individual’s right to free speech, we are strongly against the manner in which it was expressed."

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