Editorial: NC Cops Investigate Racist Graffiti Found On Vehicle

Police in Smithfield are investigating what they've designated as a hate crime after someone spray-painted the N-word and the letters "KKK" on the side of a woman's SUV.

The incident was reported last Wednesday at a public housing project on Kay Drive.

Police have not identified any suspects.

Under North Carolina law, by designating the incident as a hate crime, a vandalism charge can be upgraded to a felony with a maximum sentence of up to two years in prison.