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Fake emergency call used as a ‘distraction’ for vandalism

DENVER (KDVR) — A weekend act of vandalism — and a false emergency call around the same time — are under investigation at the University of Denver, where a protest camp continues to exist against the war in Gaza.

Campus Safety Chief Michael Bunker said Monday that an academic building was vandalized Sunday evening.

“It appears a false emergency call was used as a distraction,” Bunker said in an email to the school community.

According to Bunker, someone used a blue light phone intended for reporting emergencies on the DU campus, “falsely indicating that someone had been shot.” Both DU Campus Safety and Denver Police responded.

The doors of a brick building and part of the stone facade are covered with red paint.  What appears to be spray-painted letters on the stone walkway is a disparaging comment against arms manufacturer Lockheed Martin.

The doors of a brick building and part of the stone facade are covered with red paint. What appears to be spray-painted letters on the stone walkway is a disparaging comment against arms manufacturer Lockheed Martin.

The email included a photo showing the brick building’s doors and part of the stone facade covered in red paint. What appears to be spray-painted letters on the stone walkway is a disparaging comment against arms manufacturer Lockheed Martin.

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The vandalism was cleaned up Monday morning, a campus spokesperson told FOX31.

“These actions are contrary to DU’s core values, and we will not tolerate such behavior. We are actively pursuing leads to identify those responsible,” Bunker said in an email to the school community.

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DU is the site of a protest in defense of the Palestinian people in Gaza, where Israel has been fighting Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, since the October 7 attack on Israel.

Bunker urged anyone with information about the incident to call DU’s Campus Safety non-emergency line at 303-871-2334 or file a report online, where anonymous reporting is allowed.

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