Police investigate Loop art vandalism

Chicago police are investigating a case of vandalism against an art project that addressed the issue of hate crimes.

The artist is a Muslim graduate student at the School of the Art Institute. Anida Yoeu Ali said she was shocked to find someone painted caricatures and the words “kill all Arabs” on her work at 33 S. State St.

“I feel that this act of violence is a way to try to silence me, to silence my work, to silence the people of whom I’m speaking for,” Ali said.

The Council on American Islamic Relations calls the vandalism a hate crime.

For now, Chicago police have classified the case as criminal damage to property. No one is in custody.

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