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Police: Swastika, N-word, homophobic slurs spray-painted on vehicle in Brighton

August 15, 2019 07:43 AM

BRIGHTON, N.Y. (WHEC) —  Police are still searching for the person behind the racist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic vandalism in Brighton.

Brighton Police and New York State Police are both investigating after a car parked on Spier Avenue in Brighton was found covered in hate messages. Police believe the crime happened late Saturday late or early Sunday morning. 

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The racist graffiti was spray-painted on a car owned by a biracial woman. She did not want to be identified but she told News10NBC that she had only had the car for six days before waking up to see the n-word spray-painted on her trunk. Her uncle cleaned the offensive hateful messages off her vehicle. 

Police are investigating this case as a hate crime. Jeanie Becker moved to Spier in July, she was shocked to hear the news of the racist incident.

"We moved here because we thought it was a better school district and a safer neighborhood," Becker said. "It just makes me sick to my stomach with the whole racism thing and where this country is going...it's just not a good direction."

Brighton Police say they are using all the resources necessary to track down the person responsible for this. Captian David Catholdi says this type of hate does not belong anywhere in the country, but definitely not in Brighton.

"These are the types of things that try to tear at the fabric of our community," Captian Catholdi said. "We've had a couple incidents in the past with the stickers on public property we were able to make an arrest in that incident and hopefully with the public's help we can have a successful conclusion of this case."

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