Police investigate heritage center vandalism as hate crime


LONDON, Ky. (AP) — Authorities in Kentucky are investigating a case of vandalism at an African-American heritage center as a hate crime.

London City Police Captain Darrel Kilburn tells news outlets that someone spray-painted a sign outside the Laurel County African American Heritage Center in London with the letters KKK and the number 1488, which is a code that references white supremacist slogans.

City police and the FBI are investigating the vandalism as a hate crime.

Wayne Riley, the center’s CEO, says he first noticed the vandalism when he drove past the building. Police told him he could cover the sign if he wanted to. Salena Riley, the center’s assistant office manager, says she doesn’t want the sign covered.

Wayne Riley opened the center in 2004 at an abandoned church he grew up attending.

Police urge anyone with information to contact authorities.