Purdue Probes Possible Hate Crime After Protest Created by kblakeslee on 4/23/2013 4:44:10 PM
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) _ Purdue University police are investigating a possible hate crime stemming from a protest march.
Police said Tuesday that a placard left as part of a display at a building housing university administrative offices was defaced with a racial slur and a stick-figure drawing of a body hanging from a tree.
The placard was left at Hovde Hall on Monday by protesters upset over the recent discovery of the words ``white supremacy'' written on a mirror inside the campus' Black Cultural Center.
Police say they're investigating the defaced placard as a hate crime since property was altered or destroyed and the conduct was apparently motivated by bias.
Purdue said Monday that the ``white supremacy'' inscription was an unintentional transfer of words from a note during a seminar.