HAPPY VALLEY, Ore. (AP) _ Clackamas County sheriff’s officers are investigating a racial harassment case involving an Asian American family moving into a home in the southeast Portland suburb of Happy Valley.
Sheriff’s Detective Jim Strovink says the FBI is also investigating whether the harassment of Sang Huynh and his family constitutes a federal civil rights violation.
Last Monday afternoon, racial slurs were spray-painted on the outside of the home. The family also found a book of matches near a clear plastic bottle of what police think is gasoline. Warning notes included one that said, “We will burn your house down if we have to.”
Fourteen-year-old Lisa Huynh says her parents are upset by the threats and her little brother is now afraid to sleep in his own room.
Happy Valley Mayor Rob Wheeler called the harassment “totally unacceptable and disturbing.” ♦