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Pittsfield police investigate possible hate crime

February 13, 2014

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Pittsfield police are investigating whether a hate crime occurred when someone spray-painted swastikas and other graffiti on a city family’s home.

Richard Rodriguez says two swastikas, what appeared to be gallows and other offensive symbols were drawn on visible sections of his the vinyl-sided residence overnight on Feb. 2.

Rodriguez, who tells The Berkshire Eagle (http://bit.ly/1lHNXkW ) he’s of Puerto Rican descent, has since painted over the graffiti.

He believes his home was targeted.

Although he has lived in Pittsfield for 14 years and never had a problem, he’s lived in his current home with his 12-year-old son just a few months.

He has beefed up security at the home, installing motion-sensing, outdoor floodlights.

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Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com

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