Mon Mar 20, 2017, 04:43 AM
TexasTowelie (37,618 posts)
Vandals charged with turning a Jewish family's menorah decoration into a swastika
Arizona police have arrested four suspects in an apparently anti-Semitic act of vandalism that made national headlines in December.
The Chandler Police Department says that a 19-year-old man and three younger boys were responsible for dismantling a Jewish family's PVC pipe menorah and turning it into a swastika while the family slept.
The police department said Clive Jamar Wilson, 19, will face charges of criminal trespass and aggravated criminal damage for the destruction of the family's yard decoration. Three boys, who were not named because they are under 18, face the same charges in juvenile court. Kevin Quinn, a police spokesman, said police are still investigating and have not determined whether to label the young men's actions a hate crime.
Seth Ellis built the Hanukkah decoration in December for his sons, ages 5, 7 and 9, who said they wanted lights outside their house like their friends who celebrate Christmas. The seven-foot-tall menorah, made of $100 worth of PVC pipe and painted gold, stood outside until the sixth night of Hanukkah - when the Ellis family woke up to find that it had been twisted into a symbol of hate.
Read more: http://pilotonline.com/news/nation-world/national/vandals-charged-with-turning-a-jewish-family-s-menorah-decoration/article_4e94cbaf-8efe-5232-8aa7-5955490a2c1b.html
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Mon Mar 20, 2017, 06:39 AM
msanthrope (37,549 posts)
2. I'm really saddened....and at the same time, I really would love to have a
detailed explanation from the perpetrators.. ..
This wasn't just vandalism. This took some targeting, some preplanning, and some smarts. The eldest arrested is Black...not a neo Nazi.
Simple vandalism would have been knocking the thing over and taking Pieces away...... this required time in effort that you don't normally see in teenagers.