The New York Police Department is investigating a possible hate crime after a poster of Ruth Bader Ginsburg was defaced with the words "die Jew," an obscenity and a swastika in a Brooklyn subway station.
The vandalized poster, promoting "The Unstoppable Ruth Bader Ginsburg: American Icon" book was shared on Twitter by a rider earlier this week.
“We’re terribly sorry your friend and our other customers at Nassau Av had to see this abhorrent vandalism,” New York City Subway responded on Wednesday. “We have zero tolerance for hateful imagery anywhere in our system.”
The New York City Police Department said its hate crime unit is investigating the incident, as well as the transit bureau.
“There is no room for hate in NYC,” the department tweeted.
Following up with an update: that offensive imagery was reported yesterday, and our crews removed it immediately after NYPD had collected evidence for its investigation. Again, we regret that our customers were exposed to this hate speech, and thank you for notifying us. ^JLP pic.twitter.com/KlZkERBD6k— NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway) March 13, 2019
The anti-semitic message was removed by a subway cleaning crew, after the NYPD had collected evidence for its investigation, NYCT Subway said.
Ginsburg became the first Jewish female Supreme Court justice in 1993. At 85 years old, she's now the high court's eldest current Supreme Court member.
She underwent lung cancer surgery in December and was spotted attending a concert in D.C. last month. She fought cancer twice before, colon cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009.
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