Graffiti spree mars downtown, river properties

By on Friday, November 20th, 2020 in Columbia Basin News Columbia Basin Top Stories

PENDLETON – Police report a graffiti spree has left its mark in the downtown area as well as along the Umatilla River, including the new Eighth Street Bridge. It appears it was the work of one busy scrawler.

“It’s believed to be the same person based on not only the style of script, but also colors used, and terms or references used,” Chief Stuart Roberts said.

Roberts says there are references to the Mexican Mafia which is more frequently found in the Walla Walla Valley. Atypically, the Pendleton graffiti does not have the tag of the artist. Some of the graffiti also is distinctly against the local police department.

“(It is) condemning certain officers of the Pendleton Police Department with the F word and various other things, and actually used the numbers that are assigned to various officers,” Roberts said.

Roberts says police have been successful in finding people responsible for graffiti in the past, but the consequences for such acts are not tough enough to stop it.

Photo of Eighth Street Bridge graffiti provided by Rick Rohde