Thursday, March 9, 2017

Not a Hate Crime: Investigate Anyway

Police and the general manager of a Jewish cemetery in Brooklyn said that 42 fallen headstones were not caused by vandals, saying Sunday that the memorials had naturally tipped over due to age — though some elected officials were calling for an investigation, anyway.
“It definitely was not vandalism,” Marisa Tarantino, general manager of the Washington Cemetery on Bay Parkway in Midwood, told reporters.
“The older sections, as the stones wear, they do fall over or are unstable,” she continued. “What we do is we lay them across the grave to keep them memorialized rather than taking (them) away.”... 
“Nobody wants to jump to conclusions,” said state Assemblyman Dov Hikind. “In light of everything going on in the country, we wanted to see what this was all about....
City Controller Scott Stringer also said he wants a deeper look into this, considering that, “hate crimes are going up.”
“Anti-Semitism is on the rise in this country and in New York City. When we hear tombstones falling, it is our obligation to come and find out what's going on,” he said.

Any guess what party Hikind and Stringer are?


  1. This story reminded me of another: Child killed in Utah when a historic tombstone fell on him.

  2. What the heck is she talking about? "The stone wears" How is the base of a stone slab wearing away so it will fall over? Does she mean the ground erodes under the stone, so it becomes unstable? If so, that's a groundskeeper maintenance issue.

  3. "When we hear tombstones falling".
    What sharp little ears they have!