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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Williamsburg, NY - Councilman: NYPD Not Doing Enough against Hate Crimes

Williamsburg, NY - Councilman Stephen Levin has spoken out against a rash of swastikas spotted on Marcy Avenue in Williamsburg.

Levin says that two of the anti-Semitic symbols have appeared on the main thoroughfare in the past month, representing “a pattern of hate and vandalism.”

And the NYPD is not doing enough, Levin says.

“I strongly condemn the actions of the individual, or group of individuals, who painted swastikas on Marcy Avenue in Williamsburg for the second time in as many weeks. I am deeply troubled and alarmed by this apparent pattern of hate and vandalism.

I call on the NYPD to investigate this for what it is, a hate crime, and to bring the perpetrators to justice quickly so that Williamsburg residents can once again feel safe in their neighborhood. Discrimination and hate have no place in Williamsburg.

Though we all come from different backgrounds, hold different religious beliefs, and have different customs, we must join together as a community to send the message that Williamsburg will not tolerate hate,” stated Council Member Stephen Levin.

Williamsburg Shomrim Patrol told that a total of 9 swastikas were found in this latest rash of hate crimes.

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