2 Teens Arrested for Racist Graffiti in Buford: What We Know

June 12, 2024
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📅 The Gist: Gwinnett County Police have charged two teenagers for vandalizing downtown Buford with racist language and hate speech.

🔍 The Details: On June 4, around 12:07 a.m., two teens were captured on surveillance cameras defacing property on East Main St. in Buford. The suspects spray-painted racist language and hate speech on a dumpster at East Main St. and South Harris St., a nearby street sign, and a business at 50 East Main St. before leaving the scene.

  • One suspect is described as heavy-set, wearing yellow shorts with squares, black slides, and a shirt wrapped around his head with a white face covering.
  • The other suspect is tall, skinny, wearing a gray sweatshirt, mask, shorts, and white Crocs with high calf socks.

On June 11, Gwinnett County Police, with assistance from Buford City School Police and Buford City Marshalls, identified two teenagers as the culprits. They have been charged with criminal damage in the second degree and criminal trespass.

Due to Georgia Open Records laws, their identities are not publicly available.

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📊 By The Numbers:

  • Date of Incident: June 4, 2024
  • Time of Incident: 12:07 a.m.
  • Date of Identification: June 11, 2024
  • Charges: Criminal damage in the second degree, criminal trespass

🌐 The Big Picture: Vandalism involving hate speech is a growing concern in communities across Georgia and the nation. Such acts not only cause property damage but also incite fear and division within communities. According to the FBI, hate crimes in the U.S. have been on the rise, with over 7,000 incidents reported in 2022 alone.

🔎 What You Can Do:
Anyone with further information about this case is encouraged to contact detectives at 770.513.5300. To remain anonymous, tipsters can reach Crime Stoppers at 404.577.TIPS (8477) or visit www.stopcrimeATL.com. Crime Stoppers tipsters may receive a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment.

🔮 What’s Next?: As the legal process moves forward, the teenagers will face proceedings in juvenile court.

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