County employee accused of painting swastika near memorial

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OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — A Clackamas County employee has been charged with a hate crime after police say he painted a swastika on the sidewalk next to a memorial display for a Black man who died inside the county’s jail.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reports 20-year-old Collin Williams, who is white, was arrested Thursday and also charged with criminal mischief and abuse of a memorial.

On Wednesday, Oregon City police received a report that a memorial display had been vandalized.

The memorial display was the result of a vigil for Jermelle Madison, who was found unresponsive in the jail in June and later died. Madison’s death remains under investigation.

It wasn’t immediately known if Williams has a lawyer to comment.

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