Criminal Justice

Following their lawyer's advice, couple refuses to remove racist graffiti on their garage

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An interracial couple in Stamford, Connecticut, are refusing to remove a racial slur spray-painted on their garage, despite a mounting fine of $100 per day.

Heather Lindsay and Lexene Charles say they are acting on their lawyer’s advice, the Hartford Courant reports. The lawyer, Andre Cayo, told them to leave the graffiti there until Stamford police find those who are responsible for it.

“People need to learn that actions have consequences,” Cayo told the Hartford Courant. “I advised them to leave it up until there is an arrest. I don’t want that word swept away without the police charging someone.” Other publications reporting the story include the Stamford Advocate, the Huffington Post and WABC-TV.

The slur has remained on the garage since Jan. 14. As of Tuesday, they were facing a fine of $3,700.

Stamford police have offered to remove the graffiti for free. The investigation is continuing.

“The incident that occurred is disgusting, and it is something the Stamford Police Department continues to have under investigation,” said Ted Jankowski, Stamford’s director of public safety, in an email to the Stamford Advocate.

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