The letters "KKK" were scrawled on the driveway of a politically vocal couple in the Newport Hills neighborhood, police said.
“KKK” was scrawled in the driveway of a Bellevue home where a politically vocal teacher and school nurse live with their two teenage children.
The incident in the Newport Hills neighborhood is under investigation, said Bellevue Police spokesman Seth Tyler, but there are no suspects. “We’re taking it seriously. We’re treating this as a malicious harassment case until we have evidence otherwise,” Tyler said of the apparent reference to the Ku Klux Klan. “At this point we’re asking any members of the community who saw anything to contact us.”
Carrie Lang, one of the residents and a school nurse, said she and her wife discovered the letters, written in what police called a black “rubberized” paint, Sunday afternoon after returning from errands.
Lang said she and her wife “are not shy” about their political activism. “We’re out lesbians. We fly our gay flag once in a while. We had a sign out saying, ‘We support our Muslim neighbors,’ ” Lang said. She said she, her wife and their children are white.
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After KKK members and neo-Nazis demonstrated in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month, Lang said her wife made a sign with a line drawn through the letters KKK and displayed it on their property.
“I think it goes with the territory of being someone voicing their opinions,” Lang said. “I’m not going to stop being vocal.”
Police asked if anyone in the neighborhood had surveillance cameras, but none did, according to Tyler.
Lang said her family hasn’t had problems with any neighbors, nor in the Bellevue schools where she and her wife work.
Lang wrote in an email to news organizations that she wants “people on the Eastside to know that this can happen HERE in our quiet suburbs. Hate has been empowered.”
A white customer left a KKK robe in a bag for a black store owner in Redmond last year.