An Omaha family was left reeling, shocked after finding racial slurs scribbled on trash and thrown into their yard. The family said the alleged targets are two young children.
On a normal looking street in Millard, Christmas lights line the homes, wreaths are hung and signs welcome visitors to one home. "This is a n***** free zone, coon season is now open, $50 bounty, Mr. Cracker,” Tina Peters read. The message was inscribed on the clear plastic of a two-litter pop bottle.
Peters found the bottle amongst trash in her yard Monday night after returning home from the gym and saw the trash under a tree. Peters didn’t think anything of it because it was trash night. "This is 2012, it's Christmas season, it's a time of caring and of hope, giving and not of slander, threats and hate,” Peters said.
Peters' stepdaughter and the two girls moved in, in July. According to an Omaha police report, Peters said there were only white people who live within two blocks of her. Peters also told police she believed the threat was directed at her two step grandchildren, ages 2 1/2 and 10 months old, because they are of mixed race.
"I would just want to know why, why these innocent children? There is so much hate for these innocent children for the color of their skin, that's not right, it's just not right."
Peters said she wanted to find whoever wrote the message on the bottle. Besides wanting a face-to-face apology, Peters said that is why she filed the police report, because while there was no physical damage caused, the emotional damage was already inflicted with the alleged hate crime.
Peters was told by police that normally, a patrol unit is sent out when a hate crime report is filed, but in her case they did not, instead taking the report over the phone.