Local mom finds swastika painted on garage

Katie Dunne says her kids decided to cover the graffiti with a symbol of love

Katie Dunne said a swastika was spray-painted on her garage after 2 men in a truck chanted racist remarks at her, November 16, 2016. (KOIN)
Katie Dunne said a swastika was spray-painted on her garage after 2 men in a truck chanted racist remarks at her, November 16, 2016. (KOIN)

CLACKAMAS CO., Ore. (KOIN) — A woman who claims a swastika was painted on her garage Wednesday says her family won’t be intimidated by the hateful graffiti.

Katie Dunne tells KOIN 6 News she and her 3 children were driving home from the grocery store earlier in the day when 2 men in a truck began a racist rant.

“They were saying and chanting ‘white is right,'” Dunne said.

She said she was wearing a safety pin on her clothes, a trend signifying solidarity in the wake of reported hate crimes following Donald Trump’s presidential victory.

Instead, Dunne said the pin became a target for hate.

Katie Dunne said a swastika was spray-painted on her garage after 2 men in a truck chanted racist remarks at her, November 16, 2016. (KOIN)
Katie Dunne said a swastika was spray-painted on her garage after 2 men in a truck chanted racist remarks at her, November 16, 2016. (KOIN)

“They pointed over to me almost like in a happy manner and I shook my head ‘no’ and pointed to my safety pin and just kept shaking ‘no,'” she recalled.

Dunne said she then drove off and went home to feed her kids lunch. After unloading all of her groceries, she said she decided to take them to a local park.

But on their way out, she said they saw the spray-painted symbol on their garage.

“We told [the kids] everyone views every situation differently, no matter what,” Dunne said. “They are entitled to their opinion but we, as a family, love no matter what.”

She said her kids decided to cover the hateful message with a symbol of love.

Katie Dunne said her kids decided to cover a swastika on their garage with a symbol of love, November 16, 2016. (KOIN)
Katie Dunne said her kids decided to cover a swastika on their garage with a symbol of love, November 16, 2016. (KOIN)

“Right now we just have the tape with the heart but we actually plan on painting and leaving it up there as a reminder that we do love,” Dunne explained.

She shared her story on Facebook and said she has been overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from her community and total strangers.

Dunne said she didn’t get a close look at the men who directed the racist chant at her, but she describes them as 2 young white men possibly in their 20s driving a small light blue or gray pickup truck. She said she filed a police report.

Anyone with information about them should call Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.