ADL Applauds Decision by NYPD to Classify City Hall Anti-Semitic Incident as Bias Crime
New York, NY, October 29, 1998
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today applauded
the decision by the New York Police Department (NYPD) to reclassify the swastika incident
at City Hall as a bias crime. The eighteen-year-old perpetrator of vandalism who allegedly
drew swastikas on the doors of City Hall, was originally charged with aggravated
harassment and criminal mischief. Following discussions with ADL, the NYPD reclassified
the incident as a bias crime.
Adam Segall, Director of the ADL New York Regional Office, issued the following
We applaud the New York City Police Department and the District Attorney for the
immediate arrest of the alleged perpetrator of the City Hall crime and for seizing the
opportunity to treat this anti-Semitic incident as a bias crime.
We urge an aggressive prosecution under the aggravated harassment statute the
only statute that provides for enhanced penalties for bias crimes in the state. This crime
demonstrates that no locale is immune from a determined bigot.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.