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Stamford PD ‘outraged’ by swastikas found downtown

November 9, 2018

STAMFORD — Some sidewalks in downtown were the canvass for anti-Semitic images Thursday, and police are determined to track down the person responsible.

Cops responded to the Ferguson Library at 96 Broad St. for a report of a swastika that had been drawn on the sidewalk. Two more calls came in about similar images in front of 285 Bedford St. and 11 Forest St.

“The drawings were down in chalk and written under the swastikas was the message ‘good luck.’ All three acts of vandalism appear similar,” said Stamford Police Lt. Michael A. Noto, adding that the Stamford Police Department is, “outraged at this act of intolerance and hate.”

Investigators are searching through surveillance footage from the downtown area in an attempt to get closer to identifying the suspect. A suspect was spotted on video in the area around 3:30 a.m. and police released the images to the public with the hopes of leading to a possible identification.

“We are working tirelessly to identify this person,” he said.

The United Jewish Federation, alongside the Jewish Family Service of Fairfield County, sponsored the Schoke JFS Annual Saul Cohen Lecture at the Ferguson Library Thursday evening.

Despite this, Noto said, there was no information that showed that acts of vandalism were directed at the lecture. However, he said, police put assets in place during the event to ensure the venue and those in attendance were safe.

“An act of ignorance and hate aimed at any segment of our society is aimed at us all,” he said. “The Stamford Police Department will leave no stone unturned and will bring all our resources to bear in identifying the person responsible for this cowardly act.”

Anyone with information about this can call Stamford police at 203-977-4444.

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