Man arrested after racist, anti-Semitic graffiti found at Emory building

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga . — DeKalb County and Emory University officials said they have arrested a man in connection with an incident of vandalism at the university.

Roy Lee Gordon Jr. was arrested on Sept. 22. Officials said he is a former part-time/temporary employee at Emory.

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On Aug. 9, staff members at Emory Autism Center arrived to find graffiti depicting racial slurs and swastikas and damage to physical property.

“This case was a priority for our entire department, including our security systems team,” says Emory Police Chief Cheryl D. Elliott. “I’m proud of the work from the team and our law enforcement partners to recognize the sensitivity of this case to our community and bring a resolution.”


Gordon was charged with second-degree burglary.

Emory police released a statement saying that the university is an inclusive campus for everyone.

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“Acts of racism and antisemitism are painful for the entire Emory community. EPD’s priority is fostering a safe and inclusive campus for all faculty, staff, students, patients and their families, while upholding Emory’s values and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.”