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Hate in Heights: Swastikas, racial slur scrawled on five buildings, police say

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Cops are looking for the vile vandal who on Tuesday night scrawled several swastikas on the exterior of four Brooklyn Heights buildings, and wrote a racist slur on the steps of separate residence nearby.

The creep used chalk to sketch several of the symbols adopted by Nazis as an icon of hate on the Garden Place buildings between Joralemon and State streets, and to spell out n----- on the front stoop of a fifth house down the block, Police Department spokeswoman Det. Sophia Mason told the Brooklyn Paper.

Someone called 911 to report sightings of the symbols and slurs around 9:30 pm, according to Mason, who said the department’s Hate Crime Task Force is now investigating the incident, but has yet to identify a suspect.

The chilling displays, photos of which were shared on social media, appeared days after a gunman opened fire inside a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday, killing 11 and injuring six in a bloodbath that federal prosecutors charged as a hate crime, according to a CNN report.

A Heights resident who lives on nearby Pineapple Street called the act a “sign of the times,” and noted the block is typically closed off on Halloween for youngsters to collect candy.

“It’s a super-party site for trick-or-treating kids,” said Andrew Porter.

And leaders of neighborhood civic group the Brooklyn Heights Association denounced the foul graffiti in a statement released Wednesday afternoon that praised authorities’ quick response, and urged people in Brooklyn and beyond to rise above such nefarious behavior.

“The BHA condemns in the strongest possible terms the desecration of buildings in our neighborho­od,” the statement read. “We are grateful to the NYPD for its immediate response and ongoing investigation. We call upon all our leaders, and people everywhere of good faith, to resist the forces promoting messages and acts of hate in our city and nation.”

Updated 4:47 pm, October 31, 2018: An earlier version of this story has been updated to include comments from the Brooklyn Heights Association, and corrected to note the vandal allegedly defiled five buildings, not two.
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Andrew Porter from Brooklyn Heights says:
The Brooklyn Heights Association has released the following statement: The BHA condemns in the strongest possible terms the desecration of buildings in our neighborhood with symbols and words of hate that appeared on Garden Place. We are grateful to the NYPD for its immediate response last evening and its ongoing investigation into those who perpetrated this act. We call upon all our leaders and people everywhere of good faith to resist the forces promoting messages and acts of hate in our city and nation.
Oct. 31, 2018, 3:32 pm
Barry from Kenya says:
More “artwork” from the party of crime paying homage to their ancestors. Don’t vote for Democrats or you will get more and more of this.
Oct. 31, 2018, 5:33 pm
Barry from Kenya says:
I mispelled republikints, it was more “artwork” from the party of crime paying homage to their ancestor's enemies. Don’t vote for Republikunts or you will get more and more of this.
Oct. 31, 2018, 7:02 pm
Barry from Kenya says:
They even endorsed the "proud boys", which may or may not be a gay republikunt pride group.
Oct. 31, 2018, 7:07 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
What's said is that even to this day anti-Semitism is on the rise. It's as if some didn't think the Holocaust wasn't enough yet Jews are still the victims of most hate crimes. Being an Israel-born Jew myself, I feel that this needs to stop now. BTW, neo-Nazis tend to be more conservative than liberal considering that a lot of them did support Trump over Hillary in the last election. Unfortunately, such groups do have a lot of chief enablers and supporters backing them and even justifying their actions.
Nov. 1, 2018, 2:39 pm
Daria from Clinton Hill says:
Is this more Democrat dirty trickery? Dems are good at painting antisemitism to blame on Trump.
Nov. 1, 2018, 6:24 pm

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