April 4, 2007
LAPD seeks suspect who defaced councilman’s office with swastikas
Jack Weiss: 'I won't be intimidated'
The district office of Los Angeles City Councilman Jack Weiss in Sherman Oaks was defaced early Thursday morning with three swastikas and two incoherent messages, glued to the glass entrance door with epoxy.
At a noon press conference outside the vandalized office, LAPD Capt. Jim Miller of the Van Nuys district said that a citizen had witnessed the hate crime at around 6 a.m. and that a suspect had been identified, but was still at large.
Weiss, a Jewish legislator representing a heavily Jewish district, declared that the perpetrator sought to convey "a message of intimidation and hate, but neither my staff nor I will be intimidated."
The two printed messages were interspersed with "Mein Fuehrer," "Heil Weiss" and incorrect German words and expressed such sentiments as "We'll have a homoerotic cop feeling up your Jewish ass."
Miller declined to speculate whether the perpetrator might be mentally unstable.
Weiss said that he was in an early morning meeting at the Israeli consulate, when he took a call on his cell phone from LAPD Chief William Bratton.