Police: Ex-NYPD cop sprayed anti-Semitic graffiti

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York City police officer is under arrest on charges he spray-painted anti-Semitic graffiti on cars and buildings in a mostly Jewish Brooklyn neighborhood.

Michael Setiawan was picked up after police received a call on Saturday evening about the swastikas and other anti-Semitic vandalism in Borough Park.

The 36-year-old faces charges of criminal mischief as a hate crime and aggravated harassment.

Police say Setiawan was an officer in the New York City Police Department until 2007.

The spray-painted words were found on 15 vehicles and four buildings near a Jewish synagogue and school run by the ultra-Orthodox Bobov community.

His father, Thomas, said Michael Setiawan was 12 when the family emigrated from Jakarta, Indonesia, in 1989 after winning the green card lottery.

Michael Setiawan was to be arraigned later Sunday or Monday. His father said he did not yet have an attorney.

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