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Police investigate vandalism on south Las Vegas bike path covered in racist phrases

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Posted at 10:58 AM, Aug 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-03 18:09:05-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Police officers in Las Vegas are investigating vandalism on a Clark County bike path littered with racist phrases just feet away from a school.

The 215 East Beltway trail near Silverado High School is a very popular path for bikers and runners in the cool hours of the day.

But on Monday morning, the pristine pass was covered in racist graffiti.

The path, signs, and nearby walls, all spray painted with phrases ranging from "white power" to "white lives matter," to other phrases that no one should say much less write in an area where families and children regularly walk.

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"Right now we live in a society where we're OK with this stuff starting to happen," said Bruce Ewing, a Las Vegas area faith leader who found the graffiti on his daily walk.

"There are dark things happening out there and the best way to root out darkness is to shine light on it," he said.

"We've got to shine light on it. We've got to talk about it," he added. "That's how things are going to get better."

Ewing says he holds no ill will toward the person or people responsible, he only hopes that they become educated and learn to love people of all stripes.

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The county is working to get the graffiti cleaned up and Las Vegas police officers are investigating.

This is a developing story, check back for updates as more information becomes available.