Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Teens Tag Plymouth MA MBTA Station With Swastikas

(SOURCE:  Plymouth Patch - Casey Meserve)

Two Plymouth teens who allegedly spray-painted swastikas on walls at the MBTA commuter rail station at Cordage Park last week face vandalism charges, Plymouth Police said.

The phrase "Nazi propaganda" was also painted on a sign near the platform.

Alexander Dearn, 19, and a 15-year-old have been charged with defacing property.

Plymouth police Captain John Rogers told WATD the incident doesn’t rise to a hate crime because the symbols weren’t directed at a particular person or group.

However, the chairman of Plymouth’s No Place for Hate committee, Barry Meltzer, believes it was an attack against the entire community.

“That station is used as the entry way into our town, especially in the summer with all the new visitors and everything and the train’s coming in, then you know it’s directed at the town because otherwise it wouldn’t be done,” Meltzer told WATD.

The incident will be discussed when the No Place for Hate committee meets Thursday night at Plymouth Town Hall.

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