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NYPD Hate Crimes Unit Probing Bias Notes Sent To Synagogues

NYPD Hate Crimes Unit Probing Bias Notes Sent To Synagogues

NYPD Hate Crimes Unit Probing Bias Notes Sent To Synagogues

The NYPD Hate Crimes Unit has been called to assist in the investigation of at least ten bias cases perpetrated against Canarsie synagogues last weekend.

According to Deputy Inspector Jeannine Jennette, commanding officer of the 69th Precinct, letters were also distributed to other Jewish institutions here sometime Saturday and Sunday.

"The letters, more in the form of flyers, were derogatory in nature," said Inspector Jennette, "with some highlighting a Star of David and crude, inflammatory wording."

She said there "might be more than ten" but, because of the Passover holiday, some congregation members and spiritual leaders of local temples here might not have seen them.

"We’re not going to tolerate it," the commanding officer said. "As a result, we’re making sure our Anti-Crime Unit and uniform patrols keep the areas under tight surveillance." The Anti Crime Unit is made up of officers traveling in plain clothes in unmarked cars.

She said the letters are being scrutinized for fingerprints and other clues.

Anyone who might have information on the distribution of the letters is asked to call the 69th Precinct Detective Squad at 257-6215. All calls will be kept confidential.

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