North Carolina Jewish family target of 3 vandalism hate crimes

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Maj. Gerald Smith says Ronald Gale and Traci Kendrick found a swastika and profanity on their back door. (Photo: WSOC)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Police have ramped up patrols following three hate crimes targeting one Jewish family in North Carolina.

The Charlotte Observer reports that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has increased foot and bike patrols, alerted federal law enforcement, conducted “zone checks” around synagogues in the city and is organizing a community meeting as a result of the crimes, which took place during the ongoing High Holy Days.

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Maj. Gerald Smith says Ronald Gale and Traci Kendrick found a swastika and profanity on their back door Thursday, after returning home from a Rosh Hashanah service. On Saturday, they found the words “see you” on a window screen, and on Monday, “White Power” was found on a bathroom wall near their community’s workout room. Smith says police believe the words were intended for the family.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com



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