Councilwoman Nancy Young went out of her house on the morning of Tuesday, July 2, to find the fascist symbol just feet from her front door. It was outlined in rocks, ranging in size from a softball to football, which Young said were dug up from around palm trees in her front yard.
“It’s unnerving to think that someone was so close to my house doing this,” she said. “It’s hard to think about what kind of person would do this.”
Around 1:35 a.m., Young said her doorbell rang numerous times, however neither she nor her family members answered the door.
When Young left for work at 6:15 a.m., she noticed the rocks. The shape of a penis was also outlined in her front yard with rocks, and large stones were placed behind the rear tires of her vehicle. Her husband’s and son’s cars, also in the driveway, were untouched.
“When I saw the rocks under my car, ... that really made me think this was about me,” she said. “It was statement that I’m talking to you. I didn’t think somebody would be so bold.”
Tracy Police Department Chief Gary Hampton confirmed on Tuesday night that the department is investigating the incident as a hate crime.
“Any hate crime, no matter who the person is as far as we are concerned, is a high-profile crime that we take very seriously,” Hampton said. “In this case, obviously, a council member is an elected official, and that’s an added component to it.”
He declined to speak further about the investigation, because it’s still ongoing. However, Hampton said he was “disappointed that she would go to the media.”
“It’s very frustrating that she has likely compromised our ability to solve this crime,” he said. “We’ve spent a significant amount of resources investigating this today. Candidly, I will now have to ask my staff to reassess how we’re investigating this and whether or not all of our efforts today have been for naught.”
When asked why the case would be reassessed, Hampton only spoke in general terms about investigating hate crimes.
“There are certain behaviors we see in people who engage in hate crimes, and the first 72 hours or so, we conduct a very comprehensive investigation knowing that we have a high probability of apprehending a person through investigative techniques we use,” the chief said. “The fact that she has disclosed this investigation is likely to scare this person off.”
Young said she doesn’t see herself as a controversial figure in government, but she mentioned that she experienced racial attacks and slurs leading up to her election in November.
She said officers were patrolling her neighborhood Tuesday on foot and in their vehicles.
“I’m just concerned because I have kids and I mentor young people,” Young said. “I just don’t want their parents to be afraid to let them come to my house because they think there’s danger or anything.”
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