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NYPD probes racist graffiti found at NYC African Burial Ground

November 03, 2018 - 5:33 pm
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NEW YORK (AP/1010 WINS) -- The NYPD says a racial slur defaced a historic burial ground where the city's blacks were once laid to rest. 

The offensive graffiti suggesting African-Americans should be killed were under investigation Friday at the African Burial Ground National Monument in lower Manhattan.

The NYPD chief of detectives, Dermot Shea, says the words were discovered on Thursday.

Police answered a report of the racial slur scrawled on a monument plaque. 

The NYPD Hate Crime Task Force is looking at footage from security cameras in the area to try to find the perpetrator.

Thousands of skeletal remains from the 17th and 18th centuries, many of enslaved blacks, are buried at the site. At the time, they were not allowed to be interred in traditional cemeteries.

Tony Herbert, a community advocate who is the president of Advocates Without Borders, says he’s disappointed that Mayor Bill de Blasio hasn’t visited the burial site to denounce the graffiti and show his support for the African-American community. He says the mayor visited with the Jewish community after hateful graffiti was scrawled on the Union Temple in Prospect Heights. 

"My biggest concern is this mayor being devisive with regards to what he addresses and don't address," Herbert said. "And here it is this weekend, he's going around to black churches without even offering any hint of an apology that he didn't come over here to denounce what took place. And that's the issue."

In a tweet Saturday, de Blasio said, "Racism and white supremacy are not welcome in New York City. Period." 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.