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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

 are investigating anti-Semitic graffiti discovered by a parks employee Friday morning spray-painted on the basketball court at .

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 .

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 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.

Chris Antonelli January 13, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Some people really need to get a life. Seriously. Nothing better to do than paint swastikas on a playground? I hope they catch the little ****ers.
Deleted because of harassment January 13, 2012 at 09:35 PM
We had one sprayed into the bushes in front of our house. Don't presume the actors are kids and not adults - bigotry is alive and well everywhere.
Bruce Knuckle January 14, 2012 at 03:55 AM
This is unacceptable no matter who did it. although, I do believe it is done to instigate and incite by some dumb @ss as they drew it backwards,( which is a symbol used by a different religion). I hope when they catch the scumbag(s) and their photos are posted for everyone to see.
Deleted because of harassment January 14, 2012 at 09:46 PM
You can't assume anything. I've overheard stuff coming out of the mouths of people you would never suspect it from, young and old. But the act of needing to do this, if nothing else, proves there certainly are dumb @sses - and I agree with you that they need to be shown for what they are, in public. It's just disgusting to see it manifest anywhere, but in a park where children play?
Tova January 18, 2012 at 06:26 AM
My comment is that even if we do find this behavior & attitude to be abhorrent , using language that is nasty lowers us to a level we may prefer to stay away from.
Bruce Knuckle January 18, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Sorry Tova, Ill restate my position.....I hope when they catch the naughty people ,their photos are posted for everyone to see. I see your point, using naughty instead of that other term is so much more impactful and I feel so invigorated. Tova, being nice wont fix this, education wont fix this. The only rules of engagement these type of people understand IS at their level, as low as it might be.
* January 18, 2012 at 11:50 PM
For tova 's sake i hope they are able to track these poopy heads down
fred January 25, 2012 at 03:33 PM
For once u are correct.

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