Dozens of headstones wrecked in possible Brooklyn hate crime

Three vandals toppled and spray painted headstones with slurs in a Brooklyn cemetery, prompting a the NYPD's Hate Crime Task Force to intervene.
(Image via DCPI)

(Image via DCPI)

(Image via DCPI)

The NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force is now investigating vandalism of a Brooklyn cemetery where anti-Asian messages were spray painted.


The incident is believed to have occurred in the early hours of Tuesday morning when three individuals went through the Cypress Hills Cemetery toppling and graffitiing stones with slurs around midnight.


Video footage circulated this morning of the culprits shows what appears to be three males who are seen picking up and moving a garbage can and a crate and snapping photos. The suspects are believed to be in their late teens.


According to authorities, the vandals racked up a lot of damage, wrecking more than a staggering 40 headstones and going into a mausoleum where they broke stones on around 15 vaults and left behind derogatory messages, causing the incident to be probed as a possible hate crime.


As the investigation is ongoing, the NYPD urges those with any information to call the Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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