CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Vandals have struck a northwest Cedar Rapids neighborhood, marring vehicles, mailboxes and garage doors with the letters KKK.

Homes in the Stoney Point neighborhood have been targeted. Police have responded to at least four calls there in the past three days.

Tammy Koolbeck is one of the vandalism victims, and she says she wonders whether the vandal or vandals understand what KKK really means.

In early January residents in one northeast Cedar Rapids neighborhood found fliers on cars and doors that appeared to promote the Ku Klux Klan, a white supremacist organization with a bloody history.

Police are not investigating the vandalism as a hate crime. Teenagers are the suspected culprits.

Police say they doubt there’s any threat to people in the neighborhood.

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Comments (13)
  1. Busted gals ... got 'em says:

    Shelly’s still mad at the voters I see….and Amy’s still got her freedom and new wheels. They both bought wigs over the weekend at the Dead Look boutique in the TC Ghetto’s so ……. we got the perps Dead On

  2. G Dog says:

    Babble. The language of the Tea Party.

    1. Phiiiiid says:

      Your smears of the Tea Party do absolutely nothing to help your cause.

  3. B in MPLS says:

    I just love the “no big deal” attitude of the police. One day someone is going to end up dead and they’ll say “we had no way of knowing this could happen.”

    1. BuckyD says:

      The police know what most reasonable and educated people know……that if it was REALLY the KKK, they wouldn’t go around spray painting “KKK” on mailboxes! So, yes, it’s probably just some numbskull teenagers doing it thinking they are funny or just to caus a ruckus and see if they can get it on the news.

      1. B in MPLS says:

        BuckyD, clearly these kids aren’t associated with the KKK and that isn’t the point I was trying to make. The point is that these kids are uneducated which is what lead them to do this in the first place. You don’t fix that by shaking your head and saying “oh well.” You fix that by educating these kids on why this is wrong and you try to find out what in their life has led them to act in this way. If you don’t address behavior like this, it will become more frequent and more hateful as it is reinforced as “OK” by law enforcement and the community.

  4. d0 d0 says:

    I’ll bet there are thousands of KKK members in iowa…..there just advertising that’s all….

  5. mmm.. says:

    I highly doubt they truly understand what it means. I remember the kids in school who’d draw swastikas and other “dark” imagery on their binders. They didn’t have a great upbringing and it boiled down to angry kids lashing out. That can be a problem if left untreated. Angry kids grow into angry adults and hurt a lot more people.

    1. Ven says:

      Case in point – see Richard Cheese – once an angry kid now an angrier adult

  6. Richard Cheese says:

    I think it’s rather odd the a neighborhood gets vandalized & it’s a major deal but if Obamas Black Panthers assault some white folks it’s swept under the rug. What a bunch of B.S.

    1. v says:

      You don’t honestly believe your own BS, do you?

  7. j speedbag 64 says:

    yeah why is everybody acting like they’re surprised the kkk is alive and well in iowa and minnesota…..

  8. Swamp Rat says:

    “Police are not investigating the vandalism as a hate crime. Teenagers are the suspected culprits.”–from the story.

    If this was happening in the diverse neighborhoods where I was brought up there be an uproar and the culprits sought out for disciplinary and judicial actions. It is inconceivable, in this day and age, that teenagers do not know what “KKK” means or represents! Sorry for you Political Correctness[PC] types who believe other wise.

    Hate knows no boundaries or limitations. That even includes teenagers who recklessly and wantonly vandalized anything in sight with spray painting the letters–“KKK”. Regardless of your political and personal leanings, as evidenced by comments here on this blog, how would you like teenagers spraying “KKK” on your garage, car, or house? Think about that!!!

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