Man arraigned in racist graffiti case

Grand Haven resident Kenneth Ray Schmidt is in jail after being accused of writing a hateful message at the Williamsburg Court Apartments complex on May 8.
Alex Doty
May 18, 2012

Schmidt, 55, was arraigned Friday morning on charges of ethnic intimidation, a felony punishable by up to two years in prison; and malicious destruction of property, a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail, said Ottawa County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney John Scheuerle.

Grand Haven Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke said the arrest sends a clear message regarding the crime of ethnic intimidation and similar behavior.

“We appreciate the cooperation extended from the management of Williamsburg Court Apartments and the diligence of the Ottawa County Prosecutor’s Office in quickly reviewing this case,” Hawke said Friday.

On May 8, an African-American maintenance worker was painting a vacant unit at the apartment complex, and then left the apartment for a brief time to retrieve supplies. When he returned, he found a racial slur — “We don’t want n-----s working here” — written in red marker on the wall that he was painting.

Grand Haven public safety officers served arrest warrants Thursday night on Schmidt in connection with the case. Schmidt lives at the Williamsburg Court complex.

Scheuerle said Schmidt is lodged at the Ottawa County Jail and his bond was set at $3,500 cash or surety. He is set for a preliminary hearing at 8 a.m. Tuesday.



Is it really that hard to accept someone who isn't exactly like you?

Fly on the Wall

For some people, yes it is.


He did not direct his comments at anyone by name.(as stupid as they were) case dismissed. Defacing property, yup. Over zealous prosecutor? What ever happened to protestestors showing up a military funnerals for white guys killed fighting for this country with signs stating "you deserved to die" "we want more dead soldiers" Not ONE peep about a hate crime. All we heard about was the protester's rights of free speech.



1. reread the article- The graffiti was intended.
3. US history is full of crimes of hate, under the guise of "free speech", etc.


it's their up bringing, his parents must have done something to that affect. Even though he was 55 he still knew better


How cavalier of you to so easily assign the blame in a situation you probably know little about!

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