One Arrest Made for Swastika


A swastika at 104th Street and Broadway, via Council Member Mark Levine.

By Carol Tannenhauser

Several swastikas and other symbols of hate have been appearing in the neighborhood in recent weeks. So far, only one arrest has been made, police said.

On October 11th, at around 6:15 p.m., 63-year-old Vincente Rodriguez was observed drawing a swastika on the side of a building at 104th Street and Broadway with chalk, according to an NYPD spokesperson. He was arrested and charged with aggressive harassment, making graffiti, and criminal mischief. Hate Crimes was notified and they are investigating. Rodriguez was also charged with drawing a swastika and the letters “KKK,” on a phone booth at 104th and Amsterdam, on August 17th.

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    1. MQue says:

      Vincente Rodriguez, yup sounds like the typical white supremacist

    2. Gabriel (you know which one) says:

      It is quite possible that he does not realize what he is doing. But if it was ant-gay slogan there would have been press conferences and rewards offered by now!

    3. Debbie says:

      Someone named Rodriguez writing “KKK?”
      Can’t think of anything stupider. Does he think
      the KKK would welcome him into their ranks?

      • Sarah says:

        Clayton Bigsby Society!

        (There are always some fools who think that somehow they “don’t count” as nonwhite.)

    4. Mark says:

      If I see this happening he’d be beaten up in two seconds

    5. chris woo says:

      and so old! i was thinking it was some stupid teens. question though — how much of that can be considered freedom of expression etc

      • Rob G. says:

        Freedom of expression is one thing. Defacing public or private property is another. But I thought it was a teen as well.

      • JR says:

        No one is free to express themselves by writing on the sides of public or private property!

    6. Robby Westside says:

      Um, yeah… about that. Hate speech isn’t protected by the first amendment.

      Curious on motive, though. It’s possible this guy is a full blown white supremacist (we don’t know how he identifies). but also possible he was just doing it to troll residents. Make them upset, get a rise out of them, even though he doesn’t actually believe in the symbology.

      • UWSJoe says:

        “We don’t know how he identifies”!!!!????!?

        Bwahahahahaha. Are we playing this game now?

        He’s an anti Semitic hispanic man.

        But then again maybe he’s just a confused black panther?!

        • Robby Westside says:

          Ha. This isn’t precious snowflake territory. But are there photos of Rodriguez? He could look like a regular white dude and have inherited the name. You have no idea. But hey, let’s all jump to conclusions, because that’s more fun in the comments.

          And no, threatening hate speech isn’t protected. You can use your handy Google if you really need convincing of that one.

      • Bruce E. Bernstein says:

        … and/or he is mentally disturbed, has a mental disability, or so on. of course that wouldn’t excuse it.

        • Robby Westside says:

          This is probably a truism by this point, but mental illness is a common thread in a lot of the senseless hate-driven acts happening. The fringes have crept into the mainstream. And yeah, by no means should it preclude perpetrators from accountability.

      • ajpwner says:

        Two questions.

        1. What makes you believe hate speech isn’t protected by the 1st amendment? Show me an example and verdict proving your opinion.
        2. We can now identify as a different race?

      • dannyboy says:

        “The increased reports of swastikas and other criminal mischief here in the five boroughs absolutely concerns us,” said Police Commissioner James O’Neill, noting that the “current atmosphere” is at least partially to blame.

        Trump responds to @kwelkernbc question about spike in anti-Semitic attacks by saying he’s popular in Israel.

        12:59 PM – Nov 7, 2018