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Cedarhurst, NY - Long Island Teen Arrested For Drawing Swastikas On Cedarhurst Sidewalks

Published on: March 21, 2016 03:06 PM
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17 year old Carlos A. Rivera. (Courtesy of NCPD)17 year old Carlos A. Rivera. (Courtesy of NCPD)

Cedarhurst, NY - A Lawrence teenager was arrested on Sunday by Nassau County Police Department for drawing two swastikas on the sidewalk in a heavily Orthodox section of Cedarhurst almost two weeks ago.

17 year old Carlos A. Rivera of Central Avenue was arrested by members of the Fourth Squad of the NCPD in connection with the incident which took place on March 7th. Police said that Rivera was walking on Oxford Road when he found a piece of chalk on the ground, using it to draw swastikas in front of two different homes.

Police were called to the scene after parents were alerted to the anti-Semitic graffiti by their children who saw the swastika on their way to school according to CBS News.  A man who lives in a home just feet away from one of the swastikas described the incident as upsetting.

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“My wife’s parents were the only survivors of a very large family from the Holocaust,” said the man, who asked not to be identified. “Even though it was a long time ago, it’s very real to us.”

A second swastika was found two blocks away. Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky rushed to the scene and washed the swastika away with a bucket of water and a scrub brush.

Detectives canvassed the area looking for surveillance footage and arrested Rivera at his home on Sunday evening.  He was charged with two counts of Aggravated Harassment and was ordered to return to court on April 13th.

Kaminsky commended police for their swift apprehension of the suspect, noting that hatred and anti-Semitism are not welcome in the area.

“This is a hate crime and anyone perpetrating such a horrific act should be charged to the fullest extent of the law,” said Kaminsky.

FILE - Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky washing the swastika from a sidewalk in Cedarhurst Mar. 7, 2016.FILE - Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky washing the swastika from a sidewalk in Cedarhurst Mar. 7, 2016.

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 Mar 21, 2016 at 03:21 PM bennyt Says:

Send this piece of trash back to Mexico where he came from.

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 Mar 21, 2016 at 03:31 PM Anonymous Says:

ימח שמו

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 Mar 21, 2016 at 03:53 PM Anonymous Says:

What makes you think he's a Muslim?

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 Mar 21, 2016 at 04:59 PM Floridian Says:

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Anonymous Says:

What makes you think he's a Muslim?

Because most Mexicans cant grow a full face beard, and he looks like he is from the middle east

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 Mar 21, 2016 at 06:01 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

What makes you think he's a Muslim?

I don't believe "thinking" was a part of his analysis. If his last name is "Rivera," he must be a Mexican (because all people know that Mexico is the only Spanish-speaking country in the world) and he must also be a Muslim because Muslims are bad. Probably illegal, too, because aren't they all? I would be absolutely shocked to find out that this particular poster and his supporters are Trump supporters (sarcasm for those of you who are not familiar with the concept).

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 Mar 21, 2016 at 11:31 PM Mr NiceGuy ;-) Says:

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bennyt Says:

Send this piece of trash back to Mexico where he came from.

You're clearly classifying him as a Mexican just because he is Hispanic... Learn some respect, not every Hispanic is Mexican you racist ignorant scumbag.

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 Mar 21, 2016 at 11:37 PM Mr Nice Guy Says:

You are need to understand that you're speaking about a human being. His last name has nothing to do with his background. Not every LATINO AMERICAN is Mexican! You ignorant "Americans" excuse me what does facial hair have to do with the case at hand?! #stupidpeople

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 Mar 22, 2016 at 10:11 AM Geulah Says:

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Mr Nice Guy Says:

You are need to understand that you're speaking about a human being. His last name has nothing to do with his background. Not every LATINO AMERICAN is Mexican! You ignorant "Americans" excuse me what does facial hair have to do with the case at hand?! #stupidpeople

Human beings, who are actually participants in humanity, don't go around drawing offensive symbols on public streets and then brag about it on social media. This is an individual, sorely lacking in basic history especially 20th century history. He probably thought he was being very cute as most teenagers do when they deface property and cause anxiety. There is no excuse for his actions and properly he was charged with a criminal act. Since there is little to no accountability, he'll get a stern warning, a small fine and be told that he should be a good boy. Were he around to have done a similarly stupid prank in 1939, in Berlin, what do you the consequences would've been? Us ignorant Americans are not so naïve to believe that he would've been kissed on the head and told naughty boy. His ethnicity isn't is a crime, true, but his actions against other minority ethnics shouldn't be dismissed.

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 Mar 22, 2016 at 08:40 PM Mr Nice guy 2.0 Says:

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Geulah Says:

Human beings, who are actually participants in humanity, don't go around drawing offensive symbols on public streets and then brag about it on social media. This is an individual, sorely lacking in basic history especially 20th century history. He probably thought he was being very cute as most teenagers do when they deface property and cause anxiety. There is no excuse for his actions and properly he was charged with a criminal act. Since there is little to no accountability, he'll get a stern warning, a small fine and be told that he should be a good boy. Were he around to have done a similarly stupid prank in 1939, in Berlin, what do you the consequences would've been? Us ignorant Americans are not so naïve to believe that he would've been kissed on the head and told naughty boy. His ethnicity isn't is a crime, true, but his actions against other minority ethnics shouldn't be dismissed.

If you look at the images it's not what people say it it. The drawing has a completely different meaning. You're going by what others say and what you think it is. The actual drawing is not of that nature. Nobody is saying it's okay stupid. The point is get the facts and the truth before assuming anything.

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 Apr 03, 2016 at 02:13 PM JamesJames Says:

People making racist remarks about here about HISPANICS and Muslims are no better

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 Apr 03, 2016 at 02:14 PM JamesJames Says:

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Anonymous Says:

What makes you think he's a Muslim?

Thinking is not part of his MO

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