Brooklyn, NY – In an interview scheduled to air tonight on Talkline tonight with Zev Brenner, District Attorney Joe Hynes came out strongly against the recent anti Semitic acts of vandalism in Midwood, saying that he will ask for the maximum jail sentence of up to fifteen years in prison for anyone convicted of these crimes.
“I will not tolerate these acts of violence in this county,” DA Hynes announced on Talkline, saying that his office is actively working to apprehend the vandals and that there will be no plea bargains for anyone convicted in this case.
While DA Hynes said that not all acts of vandalism should be classified as hate crimes, there is no question that by painting swastikas and defamatory slogans against Jews on both cars and benches on Ocean Parkway the Jewish population was clearly targeted and these acts are therefore considered to be hate crimes.
Hynes said he found the acts to be particularly despicable as they occurred just days after the anniversary of Kristalnacht and in an area that is home to many elderly Holocaust survivors.
The District Attorney’s office is actively pursuing forensic evidence that was left at the scene, including beer bottles that may have DNA samples and/or fingerprints of the vandals.
Listen below to the full interview. (Talkline is heard nightly on WSNR 620 on the am dial)