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Anti-Semitic Graffiti Leads to Arrest of Former NY Police Officer

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Borough Park, Brooklyn. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.orgA former NYPD police officer who left the force in 2007 was arrested for the spray-painting of anti-Semitic graffiti in Borough Park, a largely Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn.

Michael Setiawan, 36, allegedly had a mental breakdown when he sprayed swastikas and hateful language on 15 cars and the walls of several buildings, including a Jewish school. Security footage from the area shows a man believed to be Setiawan vandalizing the area with graffiti on Saturday. He was accused of spraying the words “F— you Jew” and “Jew cheap s—.”

“Hate is not a Brooklyn value, and I repudiate any lowlife individual who would spread their prejudiced invective,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a former NYPD officer, the New York Daily News reported.

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“We have many Holocaust survivors here, many elderly people and children who are appropriately frightened by unprovoked hate attacks upon their schools and community,” said New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind. “Hate attacks on our community will not go unpunished.”

Setiawan was charged with 19 counts each of criminal mischief as a hate crime and aggravated harassment as a hate crime.

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