Graffiti at Port Neches Riverfront Park upsets Mid-County residents

Some Mid-County residents are upset with the discovery of a swastika at the Port Neches Riverfront Park parking lot

PORT NECHES - Some residents believe this isn't the first time and possibly not even the last time they'll see marks like a swastika spray painted at the Port Neches Riverfront Park.

Nederland resident Cameron Covington found one spray-painted in the parking lot while riding his bike around the park on Wednesday morning.

"My heart sunk a little bit, I was just like, you know there's no reason for this to be here," Covington said.

John Darwin feels the same way.

"It's a park, it's for everybody, nobody should have to come down here and worry about seeing hate symbols," Darwin said.

Port Neches public works director Taylor Shelton says this sort of vandalism has happened at the park more often within the last few weeks.

Port Neches Police Chief Paul Lemoine hopes to clean it up.

"We're going to deal with it, and we'll repair that, and from what I understand is that it's already been repaired today. It does cost manpower, and tax dollars and parents taking their kids to the park and seeing things like that," Chief Lemoine said.

Seeing marks like that hits home for Covington and his family.

"My grandmother and great aunt grew up in Nazi Germany, and they came here to get away from that, and to see that here really infuriates me because I think about the crap they had to go through to come live in a free society," Covington said.

“It's just disgusting to see here, they'd be rolling in their grave,” Covington said.

Chief Lemoine says someone caught performing a similar act faces up to 180 days in jail or a fine of up to $2,000.

Depending if there is lesser property damage, the offender could face a criminal mischief charge or a fine up to $500.

 

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