Police investigate anti-Asian hate speech graffitied outside Hoboken home

Kimberly Dole
May 04, 2020 - 8:36 am



HOBOKEN, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- Police are investigating after anti-Asian graffiti was found spray-painted outside of a New Jersey home on Saturday.

Officials say the hate message included a racial slur was written on the ground in front of a garage at 222 Clinton Street in Hoboken.

Surveillance footage caught a light-skinned bald man in dark-colored clothing writing the graffiti in the driveway, authorities said.

As a part of the incident bias protocol, Hoboken police painted over the offending comments with black paint and will use the security footage to catch the suspect.

"This is not going to be tolerated. It is not accepted by people around. We do not have a big following of people hating any groups. We investigate immediately and we want to keep the public's confidence that we are going to bring people to justice who try to commit these types of acts," Hoboken Police Chief Ken Ferrante said.

Ferrante believes the surveillance will help them track down the suspect, and says he will likely face hate crime charges.

Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla tweeted, "Hate has absolutely no place in Hoboken - not now, not in the future, not ever. Hoboken is a fair and welcoming city where all are equal & accepted, and I stand with our Asian American community in condemning this racist act in the strongest terms possible."

"I thank our Hoboken Police Department for responding to the scene and taking quick action to investigate this incident. I encourage anyone with information about this act to please call the police at 201-420-2113 or 201-420-5112," he added.