Protests mount against anti-Semitic vandalism in B'klyn, Queens
As cops searched for the vandals who torched cars and scrawled swastikas Friday in Brooklyn, community leaders marched Sunday to protest a string of anti-Semitic bias incidents throughout the city.
Investigators for the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force are testing 27 beer bottles found at the scene of car burnings and anti-Semitic graffiti in Midwood for fingerprints and DNA, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes said Saturday.
The march was held near Ocean Parkway and Bay Parkway, the heavily Jewish area where three vehicles were discovered engulfed in flames about 5:30 a.m. Friday morning. Swastikas, “KKK” and anti-Jewish graffiti were written on a van and park benches nearby.
Meanwhile in Jackson Heights, police on Friday arrested a Franco Rodriguez, 40, for spray painting swastikas on the doors of two libraries, a Catholic church and a synagogue in Jackson Heights. He was charged with four counts of criminal mischief.
Mayor Bloomberg said Friday that hate crimes were down 30% citywide this year and 33% in the 66th Precinct, where the car burnings occurred, adding “this kind of hateful act has no place in the freest city in the freest country in the world.”