A CrownHeights.info reader submitted photos of a Swastika that was spray-painted on a sidewalk on a block predominantly populated by Jewish residents, located just around the corner from the 71st Police Precinct.
The reader said that he discovered the hateful graffiti spray-painted on the sidewalk as he was walking to Shul for morning prayers.
He said the graffiti was located on Montgomery Street near Brooklyn Avenue, a block of predominantly Jewish residents just around the corner from the NYPD’s 71st Precinct.
It is unclear if a police report was filed, or if there were any additional such discoveries in the neighborhood.
This incident comes following an uptick in hateful rhetoric throughout the recent presidential elections and following the stunning election of Donald Trump. Many protesters took to the street proclaiming “he is not my president,” while others took a far more hateful approach, likening the president-elect to Hitler and spray-painting swastikas alongside his name. It is unclear though if this incident is in any way related to the election.
Update 11:10am: Police are now investigating the incident as a hate crime. “In front of 576 Montgomery St [an] unknown person drew a swastika on the sidewalk at [the] location. [The incident] is being investigated as a hate crime [and] extra patrols are being added” police said in a statement.