"Nazi Lives Here' graffiti in West Lafayette

West Lafayette Police are investigating reported vandalism at a Purdue professor and Tippecanoe County County Council woman's home.

Posted: Nov 30, 2018 6:45 PM
Updated: Nov 30, 2018 6:46 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Just under David Bridges' bedroom window, someone spray painted the words, "Nazi Lives Here" on his garage door. 

"And there was all this red dye over the drive way," said Bridges.

He thinks that dye was intended to look like blood.

"I'd like to think these people are really a lunatic fringe but that doesn't make them any less dangerous," said Bridges. 

Nazi isn't just a word to Bridges. It's a memory.

"I was about six years old when World War II broke out," said Bridges. 

He grew up in England, a country fighting the Nazis.

"And unfortunately, this is a word that is being kicked around an awful lot these days by people who I don't really think understand what a true Nazi really is or was," said Bridges. 

He was able to wash off the graffiti with gasoline and wash the red dye off of his driveway. Although the message is gone, the intent still haunts him.

"We thought that it was directed at my wife, Vicki Burch who is a Republican," said Bridges. "She's actually on the county council."

Then a controversial poster was brought to his attention. It was created by Purdue College Republicans, a group Bridges advises.

"Which means I don't run the organization, they run it," said Bridges. "But on the other hand, I do have some responsibility as I see it, for their behavior."

He said he didn't know about this poster but now that he does there will be consequences for the group. 

"With a white hand making this sign and a dark hand here doing the communist salute, you begin to wonder what the intent was behind it," said Bridges. 

Bridges said the poster does not reflect his views or the views of many others.

"That's not what the College Republicans are about, it's not what the Republican Party is about either," said Bridges. 

He's still not 100 percent sure this is why his home was targeted but he is glad this issue has been brought to his attention.

Bridges doesn't like extremists in either political party but he said these days, it's becoming more common.

"And that's the world we live in now," said Bridges. 

West Lafayette Police said this case is going to be difficult to solve considering there were no cameras or witnesses.

Anyone with information is asked to report it to WLPD.

Bridges is buying security cameras as a result of the vandalism. 

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