Updated: July 02, 2020 05:46 PM
Created: July 02, 2020 08:16 AM
PERINTON, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is investigating after racist and antisemitic graffiti was found in Perinton Thursday morning.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed the State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to investigate to "ensure those responsible are held accountable to the fullest extent of the law."
Graffiti, including a swastika and the letters "KKK," was discovered at the Pines of Perinton apartment complex on White Pine Circle. According to the sheriff's office, similar graffiti was also spray-painted at several other locations in Perinton.
"New York has been and always will be a beacon of diversity and acceptance, and we will continue to stand united in condemning these vile acts of hate whenever and wherever we see them," Cuomo said.
News10NBC interviewed Dr. Seanelle Hawkins of the Urban League of Rochester on the issue. watch the video in the player below to hear what she had to say (mobile users, click here):
News10NBC's Chief Investigative Reporter Berkeley Brean saw crews power spraying the graffiti off the office of the Pines of Perinton.
Story in :60— Berkeley Brean (@whec_bbrean) July 2, 2020
More racist graffiti in Perinton. The @monroesheriffny wants people to check their neighborhoods for graffiti and home security systems to see if the video captures anything. @news10nbc pic.twitter.com/QXrEYVbXPU
Currently, deputies are seeking surveillance video from area homeowners and neighbors residing in neighborhoods between Watson and Baird roads. Anyone who has video showing suspicious individuals or activity between July 1 at 10 p.m. - July 2 at 6 a.m. is asked to call 911.
Law enforcement and town officials held a press conference on the issue late Thursday afternoon. Watch the full conference in the video below (mobile users, click here):
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