Jackson Condemns Hate After Swastika Vandalism

Photo courtesy The Lakewood Scoop

  JACKSON – The township issued a condemnation of any hate and bias intimidation after anti-Semitic graffiti was found in a residential area.

  According to police, the graffiti was on a home about 400 feet from the roadway on Valley Road, on a wooded, 10-acre property. It was an unoccupied home scheduled for demolition.

  Swastikas and the word “Hitler” were spray painted on the outside of the home. Inside were more derogatory remarks against Jewish people and African Americans. All the windows were broken and the walls were damaged.

  Police suspect that the damage was done between April 19 and April 30. While interviewing people in the neighborhood, a resident reported hearing noise in the area the previous evening but did not report it.

Photo courtesy The Lakewood Scoop

  “The governing body condemns all bias, discrimination, and hateful acts against any individual, race, religion, creed, etc.,” read a statement from Mayor Michael Reina and Council President Rob Nixon on behalf of the rest of the council. “These heinous acts attempt to incite nothing but unnecessary unrest and unlawful behavior and will not be tolerated nor accepted by the good people of Jackson. Jackson Township stands firm against this unacceptable type of behavior and will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.” 

  Additional patrols have been directed in the area and the incident is being investigated by Jackson Police Detective John Rodriguez. There are no suspects to this incident at this time and anyone with any information on this incident is asked to contact the Jackson Police Department at 732-928-1111.

The Lakewood Scoop was the first to report the incident.

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Chris Lundy is News Editor at Micromedia. He has covered Ocean County news and features in various publications since 2003. Lundy worked for Gannett with articles in The Beacon, Observer and Asbury Park Press. He's also written for the Community Connection, Patch and ShoreBeat.