Two more swastikas were found spray painted on Long Island, this time at Brady Park in Massapequa Park, and detectives are investigating the crime as a bias incident, Nassau County police said.
A park employee discovered the symbols of Nazi Germany spray painted on a wall near the shuffle board court at the park on Lake Shore Drive at 5 p.m. Friday, police said Tuesday. A second swastika was later discovered on a picnic table bench, police added. Both were spray painted in black.
The incident came a week after a 20-foot by 20-foot swastika was found dug into the ground at the Nick Sguina ball field on Polaris Drive in Levittown, police have said.
Both cases are the latest in a string of hate crimes recently reported on LI. A Nassau Community College student was arrested last month for repeatedly making swastika graffiti at the East Garden City campus.
Swastika graffiti was also found over the past month in Islip, Hauppauge and Mineola, where someone also spray painted racial slurs accompanied by the phrase “Make America White Again,” a play on President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign slogan.
Under New York State law, swastika graffiti is considered aggravated first-degree harassment punishable by up to four years in prison and $5,000 in fines, plus restitution.
Seventh Squad Detectives request that anyone with information regarding the Massapequa Park swastikas to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.