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New York police officer arrested for spray painting hateful remarks against Jews in Borough Park

By Mason White 4:19 PM May 5, 2014
Michael Setiawan spraying anti-Jewish remarks on Hasidic school 

By: Aarav Sen
(Scroll down for video) A New York City police officer was arrested and charged with vandalism as a hate crime after allegedly spray painting hateful remarks against Jews in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn.

The officer spray painted anti-Semitic messages on about 14 cars and several buildings.

Michael Setiawan scrawled the remarks in pink letters across cars and walls where many ultra-Orthodox Jews live. Setiawan, 36, was charged with criminal mischief as a hate crime and aggravated harassment as a hate crime.

Setiawan of Queens, was a police officer for two years in Canarsie, Brooklyn. The anti-Semitic messages began appearing before 9:00 p.m. on Saturday on 14th Avenue and 50th Street in Brooklyn.

Politicians were quick to denounce the hate messages that included profane attacks on Jews and what appeared to be a square with a cross through it, painted on the door of a Hasidic school.