Saturday, March 5, 2011
Harriman, NY - Police Investigate Anti-Semitic Lettering in Wal-Mart
MONROE – When Moishe Schwartz, a resident of Monroe walked through the crafts section of Wal-Mart in Harriman late Wednesday night, what he saw made him feel faint.
He had just been released from the hospital the day before for his heart condition and when he walked down the aisle and saw wooden letters on a counter spelling out, “JewKill,” he couldn’t believe his eyes.
Schwartz, 61, an Orthodox Jew, reported it to store security and the Monroe Barracks of the State Police. A trooper came over and took a report and Schwartz took a picture.
Schwartz, a retired New York City EMS worker, was shaken by the incident.
“I’d had been working with the 911 system in New York City for 21 years and I have seen a lot, but when it comes to my backyard where most of the customers are Jewish people, and to see that, I felt very bad and I notified the State Police,” he told MidHudsonNews.com.
State Police, meanwhile, are investigating the incident as being bias-related, said BCI Lt. Brian Shortall. Police will review the store surveillance video to see if it provides any leads as to who spelled out the slur.