Anti-Muslim graffiti found in Astoria
by Benjamin Fang
Nov 26, 2019 | 731 views | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After anti-Muslim graffiti was found scrawled on a bus shelter in Astoria, one local official is calling on the NYPD to investigate the incident as a hate crime.

On Monday, State Senator Michael Gianaris penned a letter to Police Commissioner James O’Neill to alert the top cop about the offensive message written at Ditmars Boulevard and Steinway Street.

“Hate has no home here in New York and we cannot tolerate these incidents in our communities,” Gianaris said in a statement. “Western Queens is among the most diverse places to live on the planet and this does not reflect who we are or what we aspire to be.”

According to the letter, Gianaris first discovered the graffiti on Sunday. He urged the NYPD to inform him of any progress on the case.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

Also on Monday, state lawmakers announced that legislation to create and implement a hate crimes recognition and response training for law enforcement officers has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The law directs the Municipal Police Training Council to work with the New York State Division of Human Rights and Hate Crimes Task Force to develop, maintain and distribute policies to make sure local law enforcement is trained on responding to hate crimes.

“With the steady surge of hate crimes across New York, there is little room for complacency,” Assemblywoman Nily Rozic said in a statement. “This new law will equip local law enforcement with the proper tools to identify, report and respond to these crimes that continue to divide and instill widespread fear.”
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