Hate crime message spray-painted on councilman's office

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PHOENIX -- A hate crime symbol has been spray-painted on the office of Phoenix's first African-American council member, police say.

Investigators say the symbol, in the shape of a 14 written with an exclamation point as the one, was written on the office of former council member Calvin Goode, 83. The symbol allegedly represents a 14-word white supremacist slogan.

"It is a hate crime and it's something that we take very seriously," said Phoenix Police Department spokesman Trent Crump.

Police also said the symbol also appeared on the New Times building down the street and on a nearby construction company.

Investigators are currently trying to determine whether the buildings were randomly chosen or purposely targeted.