Chelsea IrizarrySep 11, 2017, 5:46 pmSep 11, 2017, 6:08 pm

Racially charged graffiti discovered in Melville is latest in string of bias incidents

Town takes steps to remove spray-painted messages of hate


In recent weeks, there's been a rash of hate-based graffiti crimes across Long Island, with the latest discovered Sunday morning on a Melville street.

"It impacts all populations because anybody can be bigoted and picked on and it's very unfair to those people," said Melville resident Clyde Friedmen.

Several messages of hate were found at the corner of Danton Street and Brenton Avenue, expressing hatred towards minorities and invoking the KKK in silver spray paint.

"It's upsetting to see any kind of graffiti against any population. I'm standing on top of graffiti that says, ‘hate blacks.' That's not my sentiment and that's not the sentiment of the community," said Friedmen.

New York State Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci said the town has taken steps to cover the messages and the Suffolk County Hate Crimes Unit is investigating the incident

"This is an outlier situation because hate is not tolerated in our community, in the Melville area, Long Island, any of New York State, or America, we know our residents are deeply disturbed by this and we will respond appropriately to make sure any issues like this are swiftly taken care of." Assemblyman Lupinacci said.

Long Island has been subjected to a rash of bias incidents for the past several weeks.

On Sept. 8, there were reports of graffiti on multiple homes in Woodbury where, according to Nassau County Detectives, silver paint was used to spray “MS-13” along with profanities. Anti-Semitic graffiti was also found late last month at Syosset High School.

Officials ask anyone with information related to the incidents to contact Suffolk County's Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

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