UPDATED 12:52 PM ET: An official at the cemetery stated that there was no vandalism and that the damage was due to the age of the headstones.
Update: official at Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn tells @HeySarahBarrett headstone damage is NOT vandalism. Stones are old and await fixes
— WNYC 🎙 (@WNYC) March 5, 2017
In what is at least the fourth instance of tombstones being damaged at a Jewish cemetery in the past few weeks, police are investigating an incident that occurred to numerous tombstones at a historic Jewish cemetery in New York over the weekend.
BREAKING: Press conference taking Place at the Washington cemetery after over 49 tombstones kicked over in Brooklyn. pic.twitter.com/keizxsJiaw
— NYC Scanner (@NYScanner) March 5, 2017
A hate crime investigation is underway into the overturning and damage of headstones at Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn and to see if this was intentional.
This comes on the heels of vandalism at a Jewish cemetery in Rochester, New York. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has stated that a statewide investigation will be launched into that incident. Prior to that, nearly 200 tombstones were damaged at a cemetery in St. Louis and dozens were vandalized in Philadelphia.
Meanwhile, there have been more than a hundred threats made to Jewish centers in recent weeks. While a St. Louis man was arrested for making bomb threats, it appears he only made a handful as a convoluted way of getting back at an ex-girlfriend he had been harassing. The FBI is still looking for the main culprit(s).
Watch the news clip above, via Brooklyn News-12.
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