Reno Police are now investigating the suspected racial vandalism of a campaign sign in Arrowcreek.
The campaign sign belonged to Verita Black Prothro who is running for Washoe County Public Administrator.
He maiden name, Black, was crossed out with black paint over the weekend. Her face was also covered with black paint.
People have come out on social media to denounce the vandalism and express support for Black Prothro:
Criminal defense attorney, Sean Neahusan, said the court must first decide if the crime is a misdemeanor or a felony.
Here are the requirements for a felony:
- damage totals $5,000
- vandal convicted of two prior misdemeanors for graffiti
- vandal convicted of prior felony for graffiti
The court can hand down a sentence of one to four years behind bars for a felony. If the hate crime is attached, an additional penalty of one to four years is added. The sentences would run consecutively.
If the court finds the crime to be a misdemeanor, the sentence could be community service and fines.
If the hate crime element is added, the vandal could be sentenced to up to six months behind bars.
How to Help
Reno Police are investigating and ask that anyone with information calls Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.