Suffolk police are investigating racist graffiti found spray painted on a fence outside a Huntington Station home Monday morning.
The graffiti, which read “Rape And Kill All White People,” was painted on a fence outside a home at the northwest corner of Depot Road and Bogart Street.
It was spotted by a town refuse worker, according to town spokesman A.J. Carter.
“The town notified the Suffolk County police and the owner/landlord of the property, who works in New York City,” Carter said. “The owner said he would leave work early to take care of removing the graffiti.”
Until the owner arrived, the graffiti was covered with a tarp. By 1:30 p.m., the graffiti was removed, Carter said.
Suffolk Police Assistant Commissioner Justin Meyers said in an emailed statement that the incident is being investigated by Suffolk County Police Hate Crimes Section detectives.
Huntington Councilwoman Tracey Edwards commented on the incident in a Facebook post Monday night.
“I condemn the racist graffiti in Huntington Station today. It is reprehensible,” Edwards stated. “As elected officials, it is our moral responsibility to condemn all acts of racism. Silence is not acceptable and neither is selective condemnation.”
State Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci (R-Huntington Station), a resident of the area, said in a statement that “such acts of hatred will not be tolerated here, as they are not tolerated anywhere in New York.”
He added, “Hate speech directed towards any group of people needs to be publicly denounced now more than ever. Our support of free speech does not translate into tolerance for hate speech, and hate speech of any kind in our community is unacceptable.”
Police have asked anyone with information on the incident to contact Suffolk County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-220-TIPS.