Former cop arrested in anti-Semitic vandalism

Brooklyn Currents | 5/04/2014 | 0 comments

Police in Brooklyn said on Sunday, May 4 that a former member of the NYPD was in custody in connection with a possible hate crime.

Investigators said anti-Semitic graffiti was found spray-painted in nearly 20 locations  in Borough Park, on cars, stores, and a school between 13th and 16th avenues.

Police received a call about the vandalism -- graffiti of swastikas and profanity --   just before 9 p.m. Sunday.


Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn) issued the following statement on Monday, May 5 following reports of hate graffiti found in Manhattan Beach over the weekend – shortly after such graffiti was reported at locations in Borough Park.

The appearance of hate graffiti in two predominantly Jewish neighborhoods this weekend -- here in my district in Manhattan Beach and  in Borough Park -- reminds us that we can never educate people enough about anti-Semitism and the dangers of prejudice.

Whether the graffiti was motivated by hatred, anger, boredom or ignorance, the result is exactly the same: it makes residents feel uncomfortable and frightened to be in the place they call home. This is unacceptable under any circumstances, and particularly in neighborhoods where many Holocaust survivors sought refuge.

The person responsible for this crime must be punished to the fullest extent that the law allows, and all of us must continue to speak out swiftly and decisively against any act of hatred that takes place in our community.


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