Vandals paint ‘Tamir Rice’ on Indiana business

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) — The clean up continues at a business in Bloomington after someone vandalized the building.

It happened overnight at Jump-N-Joey’s in the 100 block of North Curry Pike.

The owner of the family friendly arcade believes his business was targeted for supporting law enforcement and for hosting the National Night Out event.

Investigators said someone spray painted “Tamir Rice” on the building. The 12-year-old boy was shot and killed by police in Cleveland in 2014.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is still trying to figure out who’s responsible for the vandalism. Investigators said the business did not have outside cameras.

“It was just a feeling of shock, you know shock turned into disappointment turned into frustration and anger because you know you got this big event coming up,” said owner Chance Jeffress.

On the day of the National Night Out Event, a contractor and a volunteer, who is a Bloomington firefighter, spent all day power washing the mess left behind by vandals outside of Jump-N-Joey’s.

“I came in early today to get ready for that event, do some extra cleaning, sprucing up and pulled into the parking lot here and was basically shocked I couldn’t believe it,” he said.

Jeffress said it took him a minute to realize what was going on after doing a double take.

“For us to be targeted for something we had no connection to whatsoever is frustrating,” said Jeffress.

The owner said he supports law enforcement. For the first time his business is hosting the National Night Out event with the Bloomington Police Department

“You know, I wished that something like this wouldn’t have happened,” said Captain Steve Kellams of the Bloomington Police Department. “We’re trying to engage the community in good conversation, we’re trying to get out with the community to get them to know us and get to know some of their needs.”

People in the community got a chance to interact with officers in a fun and unique setting.

Lindsee Hawkins said she and her family came out to show their support.

“When we heard what happened today, we were planning to come anyway so we thought we’re definitely gonna go now to make sure we show our support and not be scared away by this kind of stuff,” she said.

Hawkins said the appreciation hits close to home with her husband in law enforcement.

“My husband just became a deputy with the Monroe County Reserve Police Force recently and we’ve been really proud of him,” she said.

As for the case, investigators said they have no leads. If you think you know who’s behind the crime call the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

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