Scott A. Davis, Law Enforcement Today, September 26, 2021
In August, someone painted several racist and offensive slurs on a building at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Police have just arrested a black man for the crime.
Police reports of the crime stated that the area where racial slurs were reportedly written along the walls was near the workspace occupied by two African American women. A swastika was also placed in a hallway near a Jewish man’s office.
Former DeKalb District Attorney Robert James said the crime falls under the new hate crime law:
On Wednesday, Emory University’s Police Department arrested the man accused of writing the racial slurs and swastikas.
Roy Lee Gordon Jr. has been charged with second-degree burglary, Emory officials said in a news release that indicated Gordon is also the same person who allegedly wrote the “N-word” and drew swastikas at the Emory Autism Center last month. He is a former employee of the university.
Gordon has not been charged under the state’s new hate crime law.
Police reports indicate that Emory officials became aware that the actor was a black man in early August, but never informed the campus or the press. This allowed the belief that the crime was racially motivated to perpetuate.
A press release issued by the university on September 23 announcing Gordon’s arrest made no mention of his race:
However, the university did continue to create the false impression that the crime was race-related:
“Acts of racism and antisemitism are painful for the entire Emory community. EPD’s priority is fostering a safe and inclusive campus for all faculty, staff, students, patients and their families, while upholding Emory’s values and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.”