|Person accused of spraying anti-Semitic graffiti in a Brooklyn synagogue|
Neo-Nazi graffiti was found Thursday inside a Brooklyn synagogue, forcing officials to cancel a political event that had been scheduled that night.
NYPD officials told Breaking911 that the suspect entered Brooklyn’s Union Temple around 8:30 pm. Thursday night and used a black marker to deface 3 different locations with the messages, "die Jew rats we are here," "Jews better be ready," and "Hitler."
Surveillance footage released by authorities captured a photo of the suspect, "described as a male Black, approximately 20-years-old, 5’8″, 140 lbs, with black hair and last seen wearing a red suit jacket," according to Breaking911.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a statement following the discovery calling for New Yorkers to stand with the Jewish community "against hate in all its forms.":
"I'm disgusted by the discovery of anti-Semitic graffiti at a house of worship in Brooklyn. At a time when the nation's still reeling from the attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, New Yorkers stand united with the Jewish community and against hate in all its forms.
In New York, we have 0 tolerance for discrimination in our laws or in our spirit. I've directed the State’s Hate Crimes Task Force to investigate this hideous act and hold those responsible accountable to the full extent of the law.
As Governor, I'm also doing everything in my power to ensure our religious institutions are free from violence and intolerance. This week, we announced the launch of an additional $10 million grant program to help protect New York’s non-public schools and cultural centers, including religious-based institutions.
The disgusting rhetoric and heinous violence in this nation has reached a fever pitch and is ripping at the fabric of America and it must stop. In New York, we've forged community through chords of commonality and we'll always stand together against hate and discrimination."