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City removes ‘White Lives Matter,’ swastika painted on Colorado Springs bus stop

Graffiti in downtown Colorado Springs, picture credit: Luis Valencia Jr.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- The city of Colorado Springs neighborhood services spent time Tuesday morning cleaning up racist graffiti near a bus stop at the intersection of Wahsatch and Kiowa.

"White Lives Matter" and a Swastika were painted on and near the bus stop. The Colorado Springs Mayors office told KRDO the graffiti was reported via the GoCOS app and neighborhood services responded to clean it up within 30 minutes.

The city estimates the labor to clean it up costs $150.

White Lives Matter is a Neo-Nazi group that formed as a racist response to the Black Lives Matter movement, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Experts say more white supremacists are using the hate groups slogans as part of their tactics.

"It definitely pierces every fiber of my being to see that. I have a lot of friends and family who are people of color here in town," Luis Valencia, Jr. said.

New Black Lives Matter graffiti popped up at the same spot Tuesday afternoon but was cleaned up by 4:30 pm.

According to the Black Lives Matter foundation, it's mission is to eradicate white supremacy and to intervene in violence inflicted on black communities.

"I want to make that very very clear. At no point is anybody that says black lives matter saying that white lives don't matter," Valencia said.

Activists are calling on Colorado Springs leaders to take a stand against the hate speech.

"I also request that Mayor Suthers and CSPD give a statement denouncing and saying that they are against hate speech in any way, shape, or form," Valencia said.

The Colorado Springs Police Department said it did not receive a report about the graffiti near the bus stop at Wahsatch and Kiowa. However, CSPD said it did respond to two other graffiti calls in the nearby area. A CSPD spokesperson told KRDO one of those calls involved a private property that had "BLM" and a Swastika painted on it. The other call was racial in nature but the investigators are still working on the initial report, according to CSPD.

Colorado Springs / Local News

Chelsea Brentzel

Chelsea is an investigative reporter for KRDO NewsChannel 13. Learn more about Chelsea here.

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11 Comments

  1. Welcome to Trump’s America. Not all Trump supporters are racists, but all racists are Trump supporters.

    1. Lol. All racists are Trump supporters?? That is a big lie buddy. I used to work with a nasty little racist and he was full blown retarded Democrat. So your comment is full of lies. Quit listening to the media and wake up!!

    2. Another Jussie Smollett story. You’re spreading division with lies, coming from a liberal…that’s standard operating procedure.

    3. For every action there is an equal but opposite reaction. It helps keep balance. BLM started this.

  2. BLM and ANTIFA are marxist organized movements who have been rioting, burning, looting, murdering, injuring in cities across America….These are racist groups who hate America, are white hating racists who want to destroy America, its history, culture and values.
    ….
    These acts of vandalism look like a hoax to inspire hatred, violence and racism against ALL white people….
    …..
    The article frames it in a way that if a white person were to say ‘White lives matter” than he is a white supremacist….KRDO is tentacle of marxist democrap controlled CNN so keep that in mind when reading their BS.
    ….
    I say “WHITE LIVES MATTER” because I am white, proud to be white and have every right to say it and not be branded a white supremacist by white hating racists….WLM is a belief not a movement they present it as such to shut white people down, a attempt to silence them.
    ….
    White supremacsts are largely boogey men created by the marxist democraps to inspire hatred
    against all white people… Look at the ones rioting, burning, looting, etc in cities all across America. The violent rioters battle cry is “Black Lives Matter” not “White Lives Matter”, they are the the America hating , white hating racists trying to destroy America.

  3. Douchbag daddy issue black lies matter at it again. How many times do we go through the motion and find it was some dumb libtard child with shitty parents doing these things. Give me a break.

  4. This is horrible reporting by a very biased writer. KRDO is a dishonest, racist, sham. So the phrase “white lives matter” is hate speech but “black lives matter” isn’t?

    Anyone who doesn’t think the media is an enemy of the people is blind.

  5. WLM and BLM are Both domestic terrorist organizations.

    Anyone remember when this happened in Colorado Springs before, painted swastikas, and then they caught a black juvinile and a Hispanic juvenile for the vandalism?

    Best thing to do is not give it any attention and see it for what it is. Ignorance. But if you put it on the news and blast a bunch of misinformation then it will happen more and more. They got attention and were in the news once…… they will do it again.

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