“RAPE AND KILL ALL WHITE PEOPLE.” Those were the words spray-painted on a fence at Huntington Station on Long Island Monday morning. The disgusting and disturbing message imprinted on the fence came only two days after three people were killed in events related to the violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
At around 8:40 a.m. Monday morning, a community member spotted the graffitied words on Depot Road, between Bogart Street and Cortelyou Street East. Another community group resident believes the graffiti must have happened overnight.
The words “rape and kill all white people” were scribbled in large, black letters, covering much of the fence’s surface area. The message was clear and defined, making the hateful message accessible for any passersby, or even a school bus filled with children en route to school, to view.
Patch and local media reached out to Suffolk County Police who said the Hate Crime Unit detectives were investigating the incident. No suspects have yet been identified.
“Suffolk County Police Hate Crimes Section detectives are investigating racial graffiti that was found painted on a fence this morning on the corner of Depot Road, near Bogart Street, in Huntington Station,” Suffolk County Police Assistant Commissioner Justin Meyers said in a statement.
“[The landlord] will be removing the graffiti this afternoon; in the meantime, with the owner’s permission, the Town is covering it with a tarp,” said Huntington spokesman A.J. Carter. By the afternoon, the graffiti was removed.
Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci has called for an increase of patrols in the area in light of this incident:
“After receiving multiple phone calls from upset and frightened constituents this morning, our office has been in contact with local law enforcement to step up patrols in the area for the safety and security of residents who are on edge. As someone who was born and raised in Huntington Station, I want to reassure the community that such acts of hatred will not be tolerated here, as they are not tolerated anywhere in New York. Hate speech directed towards any group of people needs to be publicly denounced now more than ever. Our support of free speech does not translate into tolerance for hate speech, and hate speech of any kind in our community is unacceptable.”
Protesters took the streets in Huntington to march in solidarity of those targeted in the rally in Charlottesville a day before the message was graffitied on the fence.
— Narc Ruffalo (@BillyManton) August 14, 2017
A hotline is reachable for anyone with information related to the incident. They can contact Suffolk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS to anonymously submit tips or any relevant intel regarding the crime.
The fallout from the rally is becoming widespread, such as the false reporting of innocent people being misidentified as activists present at Charlottesville. Over-zealous “social media sleuths” tried to identify some of the activists who participated in the protests. Of course, by simply comparing photos, many Americans are being targeted who weren’t even present at the event.
Photo of the vandalized fence can be viewed below:
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