The Associated Press, KOB 4
Updated: June 23, 2020 10:24 PM
Created: June 23, 2020 11:58 AM
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Vandals damaged the interior furnishings of an Indian restaurant in downtown Santa Fe and spray-painted racist comments on walls and art objects in the building, as first reported by the Santa Fe Reporter.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the cost of the damage Monday to the India Palace was estimated at $100,000.
The damage included smashing a buffet and overturning tables and chairs.
Cameron Brown, an associate of the restaurant owner and his son, said the comments included “white supremacist stuff."
Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber issued the following statement about the vandalization:
This hate crime is sickening and appalling. We need to stand up as a community and denounce this despicable act. We will find whoever did it and punish them to the full extent of the law. The Singhs are a long-standing Sikh family that has used its own resources to feed homeless Santa Feans through the goodness of their hearts. For them to be attacked this way breaks our hearts. We absolutely reject racism, intolerance, and hate. As Mayor and as a community, we rise in unity to support the Singhs and their employees.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham also reacted to the vandalization:
"I am absolutely heartbroken and disgusted by this racist attack. I spoke to Mr. Singh this morning and let him know that our community is with him. We will not stand for such hatred in New Mexico," the governor said in a tweet.
The Santa Fe Police Department said the case has been classified as a hate crime.
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