Swastikas Found Spray-Painted in Park
A parks employee came across anti-Semitic graffiti spray-painted on the basketball court at Beaver Dam Park Friday morning, and notified police
Det. David Boone said police found a total of three swastikas and an anarchy sign tagged in black spray paint at the park, located off of Saddle River Road between Pellington Drive and Brookside Avenue.
The word “PRIDE” was spray-painted underneath the largest swastika on the court, with a smaller swastika contained inside the “D.”
Beside the swastika, in white paint, are the letters “FL,” followed by an animal’s face, and a “D.” Boone said he believed the marking was a derogatory shot aimed at the police, or “FLPD,” with the animal face meant to represent a “pussy cat.”
There are currently no leads, but Boone said he sees no link between the park graffiti and the recent attacks on local synagogues in Rutherford, Paramus, Maywood and Hackensack.
He does believe, however, that the park graffiti could be tied to a rash of other anti-semitic graffiti that has popped up in Fair Lawn and at Van Saun County Park in Paramus over the past couple weeks.
“I think from looking at the swastikas, it’s the same person doing the graffiti,” said Boone, who suspects it’s the work of kids.
As of 11:30 a.m., the graffiti remained visible on the basketball court, but Boone said he expected the parks department would have it painted over shortly, once the area dries from the recent rain.