SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– The Springfield Greene County Park Board and Ozark Greenway respond to the vandalism that took place at McDaniel Park on Saturday, June 6, 2020.
One local woman’s car was vandalized at McDaniel park. She believes she was targeted for the color of her skin.
Carolina Moss is a nurse and got off work around 7 a.m. When she came back from a jog, she found feces smeared on her car windshield, hood, side mirrors, and door handles.
Plus, someone let the air out of her right side tires. Moss thinks vandalism is racially motivated.
Thankfully a few people helped change her tires.
Moss says,”I feel like somebody was watching me to know exactly this is a black person’s car and this is a white person’s car, because we had several cars. It’s just scary because i never thought this would happen to me, because i signed up to defend protect the constitution of the United States of America. And know, knowing that i have to go out there watching my back just doesn’t feel right.”
Director of Parks Bob Belote says the vandalism was appalling and unacceptable.
“There is absolutely no place for hate or derision in our public parks or on our trails,” said Belote. “Our parks and trails bring people together. They offer hope. And they should be places where all of us feel safe. An important part of that safety is our own park patrons and neighbors keeping an eye out for each other like another helpful trail user did at McDaniel Park today. If you see a crime in a park or feel unsafe, please call 911.”