Madison County

Berea police investigate after racial slurs painted on cars

Berea police are investigating an alleged bias crime after racial slurs were spray-painted on the vehicles of an interracial couple in Berea.

The couple — a black man and a white woman — filed a report Thursday morning after their cars were vandalized in the parking lot of their Commerce Drive apartments, Berea police Lt. Daniel Brewer said.

Brewer said most of the language on the car was directed toward the woman, "asking her to get out of town."

The man "is the owner of one of the vehicles that had some slurs put on it, but most of the language was intended toward her," he said.

Some of the words on the vehicle were "severely misspelled," leading police to think the vandals were young, Brewer said. Police are increasing patrols in the area.

The police department considered the action a bias crime rather than a hate crime because no explicit threats were made. The case will be sent to the FBI, which will choose whether to investigate it as a hate or bias crime. Berea police are investigating it as a criminal-mischief case.

Anyone with information is asked to call Berea police at (859) 986-8456.

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