Ex-NYPD officer arrested over anti-semitic graffiti

Last updated 16:43 05/05/2014

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A former New York City police officer is under arrest on charges he spray-painted anti-Semitic graffiti on cars and buildings in a mostly Jewish Brooklyn neighbourhood.

Michael Setiawan was picked up after police received a call on Saturday evening about the swastikas and other anti-Semitic vandalism in Borough Park.

The 36-year-old faces charges of criminal mischief as a hate crime and aggravated harassment.

Police say Setiawan was an officer in the New York City Police Department until 2007.

The spray-painted words were found on 15 vehicles and four buildings near a Jewish synagogue and school run by the ultra-Orthodox Bobov community.

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