Swastika found near Jewish center in Coney Island

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Another symbol of hate against the Jewish community has been found in the borough.

The discovery of a swastika was found Thursday afternoon just feet from the Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island.

Councilman Chaim Deutsch tweeted the photo of the image, which he says was discovered on a park bench along the boardwalk near West 37th Street.

The councilman saying in a statement in part, "We must pursue a combination of education in our communities and schools, additional police resources, and aggressive prosecution in order to tackle this hate. Jewish New Yorkers are tired of living in fear, and we will not accept the status quo anymore."

The discovery came just hours before a meeting between community members and the NYPD at the Jewish Children's Museum in Crown Heights.

Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea, who will become police commissioner next month, was on hand listening to concern from the community about the troubling amount of bias attacks and hateful incidents, particularly those against the Jewish community.

"There's been some concerns in the rise of hate crimes. So, I'm here to meet with the Jewish community and to hear what their concerns were, continue friendships and hopefully start some. And to just reassure them that I'm committed to this," says Chief Shea.

"It's terrible, it's terrible, it's going on but you know probably some wacko I wouldn't make a federal case out of it, you know it's just individuals acting badly," says Peter Yourman, of Coney Island.

Anyone with information regarding the swastika is asked to call police.

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