Anti-gay statements discovered on walls at U’s Frontier Hall

Matthew Gruchow

On Monday, anti-gay comments were found on the second floor of Frontier Hall, according to a police report.

The damage was cleaned up before officers’ arrival.

But police were provided with photographs of the graffiti, according to the report.

Police are investigating whether the incident qualifies as a hate crime under Minnesota law, University police Lt. Chuck Miner said.

“It has to be shown that it was targeted towards a certain individual or group,” Miner said.

This incident follows two other similar incidents at Centennial Hall on Jan. 17 and 27, according to police reports.

In those incidents, an anti-black statement was found in a men’s restroom stall. In the other incident, a note was hung from a string of lights formed into a noose in the trash room of the building, said Steve Johnson, deputy police chief for the University Police Department.

Such behavior is taken seriously, even if it does not meet statutory requirements for hate crimes, he said.

“Even if it’s not criminal, we’ll work with the areas on campus to make sure they feel safe and protected,” Johnson said. “And we would be very interested in any information that could assist us in our follow-up investigations.”

Public urination

A 19-year-old University student was caught Saturday urinating in the area of 15th Avenue Southeast and University Avenue Southeast, according to a police report.

The student was intoxicated and cited for public urination and consumption of liquor by a minor, the report stated.

Selling without a permit

On Friday, a 48-year-old man was cited for selling tickets without a permit, a police report stated.

Panhandler

A 51-year-old man was arrested Feb. 1 on a warrant for second-degree assault after police found the man panhandling, according to a police report.

The man was telling people he needed money for his broken car, the report stated.

Stealing a stop sign

On Thursday, officers responded to a report of three men stealing a stop sign from the intersection of Delaware Street Southeast and Harvard Street Southeast, according to a police report.

The person who reported the incident said the men took the sign to Pioneer Hall, the report stated.

Officers located the sign post outside the residence hall but did not recover the sign itself, according to the report.

The Minneapolis Public Works Department was called to replace the sign, the report stated.