Police today were investigating the scrawling of four swastikas on a South Los Angeles mural

depicting black civil rights leaders and activists.

The vandalism, which is also being investigated as a possible hate crime, was reported about

11:45 a.m. in the area of 48th Street and Crenshaw Boulevard, according to Officer Jeff lee of

the Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations Section.

The swastikas were scrawled in white paint on the mural that depicts Martin Luther King Jr.,

Malcolm X and others.

No suspects were in custody, according to Lee, who said the vandalism appears to be an

isolated act. Investigators were canvassing the area for witnesses and possible security camera

images, he said.