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Former NYPD Cop Busted Spray Painting Swastikas and Anti-Semitic Graffiti Near Jewish Center

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If there was ever any doubt about a rogue element coursing through the veins of the New York City Police Department, a former NYPD officer was recently taken into custody on hate crime charges. The arrest comes in connection to a string of anti-Semitic vandalism in Brooklyn.

Former officer Michael Setiawan, 36, resigned from the department in 2007. Now, he has been caught on video carrying out anti-Jewish vandalisms and graffiti messages, spray painted on Jewish centers, schools, businesses and vehicles near the near the Bnos Zion synagogue.

Setiawan was arrested Sunday after the anti-Semitic graffiti was discovered Saturday evening in the Borough Park area of Brooklyn, and he was caught in the act. In total, four buildings and 14 or 15 vehicles were vandalized, according to NYPD Sgt. John Buthorn.

“This was an extremely brazen and hateful act,” Greenfield told a CNN reporter.

Setiawan has been living with his parents in Queens. His father, who immigrated from Indonesia, told The Associated Press that he was awakened at 5 a.m. Sunday by the police calling him to let him know that his son was in big trouble. Why exactly he received this “warning call” is unclear, but minutes later, the arresting team of officers arrived to take the younger Setiawan into custody.

“I asked my son, ‘What’s wrong? What happened? Is anybody hurt?'” the elder Thomas Setiawan said. “He said ‘No, don’t worry, nobody’s hurt.'”

But Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who represents the area, said that people very much did get hurt by this act, and were in fact terrorized by the Nazi symbols and statements.

“This was not a victimless crime,” Hikind explained. “We have many Holocaust survivors here, many elderly people and children who are appropriately frightened by unprovoked hate attacks upon their schools and community. … Hate attacks on our community will not go unpunished.”

Thomas Setiawan said his son has had mental health problems and that neither he nor his mother knew the exact reasons he left the NYPD years ago. Their son only said: “I want to quit.”

 

It is unclear whether Setiawan has legal representation yet, nor is it clear what the full array of charges against him will end up being.

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  1. wiseoldsnail says:

    mental health issues … nypd … mhm

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