Eddie Curlin, 29, was sentenced in Ypsilanti, Michigan, after pleading guilty to malicious destruction of property he committed at the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017. Curlin pleaded no contest to unrelated charges of identity theft, and thus must serve as many as five years in prisons on those charges.
In one instance, Curlin smeared “KKK” on the exterior wall of a building on the Eastern Michigan University campus in September 2016. Another graffito was “leave n*****s,” which appeared next to a monument to Martin Luther King Jr. in October 2016. In a third incident, Curlin scrawled another graffito on a men’s restroom stall in the spring of 2017. Curlin said he committed the vandalism but later served as a police informant to have previous charges against him dropped. Curlin was ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution for the damage.
Curlin was granted credit for 220 days served. Curlin, who is black, was an EMU student from 2014 to early 2016. Curlin publicly admitted his guilt after he was revealed as the culprit. At a news conference in 2017, he said, “It was totally self-serving,” and added, “It was not driven by politics. It was not driven by race.”
Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.