Councilman Clarke target of hate crime

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One of the cars spray-painted with hate symbols sits impounded by police at a lot at Whitaker and MacAlester streets. "Some idiot decided for whatever reason they needed to paint a swastika and 'KKK' all over my car," said City Councilman Darrell L. Clarke. (Alejandro Alvarez / Daily News)

City Councilman Darrell L. Clarke was the victim of an apparent hate crime, police and Clarke just told Philly Confidential.

Clarke said he walked outside his house this morning and found Nazi symbols and the letters "KKK" spray-painted on his car, a vehicle belonging to a relative of one of his staffers and another local resident's car.  Crime Scene Unit investigators are currently dusting his car for prints while detectives try to determine what motivated the incident.

"Some idiot decided for whatever reason they needed to paint a swastika and 'KKK' all over my car," Clarke said. "I couldn't believe it."

Police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore said investigators "are treating this as a hate crime. It's disgusting and we're trying to get to the bottom of who is behind it."

Check back here later for more on this developing story.

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