Wednesday, 29 June 2022

Long Island Man was Charged with Hate Crime in Lee Zeldin Campaign Sign Vandalism | Daily BBC News

 


A 41-year-old Long Island man has been arrested on a charge of aggravated harassment as a hate crime for allegedly defacing a lawn campaign sign for Republican gubernatorial nominee Lee Zeldin over the weekend, authorities said Wednesday.

Vincent Mckie, 41, was apprehended outside his Huntington home Tuesday afternoon in the Saturday vandalism of the campaign sign on the corner of West Pulaski Road and Oakwood Road, where McKie lives, officials said. Cops say he drew a swastika on it.

The word "Gambino" and "187," a possible reference to the California penal code for murder, were also found painted on the sign, police said.

Mckie also was charged with criminal mischief. He is expected to be arraigned later Wednesday. Attorney details for him were not immediately available.

On his twitter he wrote,

"In the US, we settle our scores at the ballot box, & this type of raw hate must never have any home in NY or the US. I'm thankful for the Suffolk County PD as they work to identify the perpetrators. We won't let this vandalism deter us from our rescue mission to save our state."



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