Anti-Semitic graffiti leads to arrest of former NY police officer

Boro Park, Brooklyn. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( A former New York Police Department (NYPD) police officer who left the force in 2007 was arrested for the spray-painting of anti-Semitic graffiti in Borough Park, a largely Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn.

Michael Setiawan, 36, allegedly had a mental breakdown when he sprayed swastikas and hateful language on 15 cars and the walls of several buildings, including a Jewish school. Security footage from the area shows a man believed to be Setiawan vandalizing the area with graffiti on Saturday. He was accused of spraying the words “F--- you Jew” and “Jew cheap s---.”

“Hate is not a Brooklyn value, and I repudiate any lowlife individual who would spread their prejudiced invective,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a former NYPD officer, the New York Daily News reported.

“We have many Holocaust survivors here, many elderly people and children who are appropriately frightened by unprovoked hate attacks upon their schools and community,” said New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind. “Hate attacks on our community will not go unpunished.”

Setiawan was charged with 19 counts of criminal mischief as a hate crime and 19 counts of aggravated harassment as a hate crime. 

Posted on May 5, 2014 .