Hartford police say they are investigating two separate incidents of racist graffiti found within one block of each other.
On Friday morning police responded to a report that someone painted racial slurs on the front of Republic restaurant at 10 Capitol Ave. The graffiti included anarchy and swastika symbols as well as racial and homophobic slurs.
A similar case of vandalism was discovered less than a block away at the Hartford Dispensary at 345 Main St.
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Police describe the acts as hate crime graffiti. The Hartford Police Major Crimes Division, Crime Scene Division, and Capital City Crime Center (C4) are all investigating.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hartford Police Department tips line at 860-722-TIPS.