City Turns Act Of Hate Into Rally For Peace

Pittsburgh officials are turning an act of hate into a rally for peace. KDKA's Meghan Schiller has more.

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MEGHAN SCHILLER: The team's leadership and city workers came out here to paint over all of the graffiti, racist words, and swastikas, but the community leaders say, you can paint over this, but you cannot erase the hate and the pain that it caused the community, the kids, and the team's coaches. This is the space used by little kids, ages five to 14. It's the home of the South Side Bears, a youth organization. Coach Kevin Alton first discovered the racist graffiti and anti-Semitic drawings on his team's concession stand Monday. The shocking act of hate sparked outrage on social media, and it fueled Tuesday afternoon's Rally of Peace.

Pittsburgh Police just launched an investigation, and KDKA reported the news, asking for information on this tagger, Orez. Meanwhile, the mayor wants the team to focus on healing.

WILLIAM PEDUTO: I just want you to know this, Coach. All the money you raised, I want you to use it for programming. I want you to use it for the kids. What we will promise for the City is, we'll take care of all this.

[SPECTATORS CHEERING]

And not only this, we rise back better. We rise back better, and we improve this entire park, and we work with the community in order to do it.

MEGHAN SCHILLER: Pittsburgh Police want to hear from you. They put out a call for tips on the Department's Twitter page. Police say, not only did the perpetrator shatter lights and spray-paint the cameras, but someone also cut the wires to the scoreboard and the security cameras, all very costly repairs that the City says it will cover. Reporting in the South Side Slopes, Meghan Schiller, KDKA News.

- OK.

MEGHAN SCHILLER: Police say, not only did the perpetrator shatter lights, spray-paint the cameras, but also cut the wires to the scoreboard and the security cameras, all costly repairs that the City of Pittsburgh says it will cover. Reporting in the South Side Slopes, Meghan Schiller, CBSN Pittsburgh.

- Cool.

MEGHAN SCHILLER: Forgot where I was, but we're good.

- [LAUGHS]