New York, NY, November 5, 2010 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) praised the Nassau County Police Department for the arrest of a man in connection with scattering “kill Jews” fliers across Nassau County.
Nassau County police charged Dimitrious Apolonides, 37, a livery driver in Brooklyn, with aggravated harassment as a hate crime for distributing the fliers at nearly a dozen locations on Long Island since April 2009. In July 2010, Mr. Apolonides was arrested and charged in connection with the distribution of similar fliers in New York City.
“We commend the Nassau County Police Department for following the lead of the New York City Police Department’s Hate Crime Unit in taking this investigation seriously,” said Ron Meier, ADL New York Regional Director. “While the exact motive is unclear, there is no doubt that Mr. Apolonides’ intent was to create a climate of fear and intimidation. We urge the District Attorney’s office to consider the broader impact of these hateful fliers as the prosecution pursues possible hate crime charges.”