Swastikas discovered in Ridgefield for 4th time this year

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Three swastikas were found carved into picnic benches at a community housing complex for the elderly and disabled in Ridgefield.

The latest incident of anti-Semitic graffiti at the Ballad Green housing community marks the fifth time since 2017 that swastikas were found in the town. The Aldrich Museum, Masonic Lodge, Ballard Park and Ridgefield High School were also victims of the graffiti.

Rabbi David Reiner of the Congregation Shir Shalom in Ridgefield told News 12 he is saddened by these incidents but does not feel unsafe in the community.

Reiner says the incidents are isolated and most likely that of an individual rather than a larger group. However, he still believes that the police and community should address them.

"They require a response and it's important for us to not ignore them," Reiner said. "When we see symbols of hatred in our midst we have a responsibility to speak up and draw attention to them."

The Anti-Defamation League of Connecticut is also working with Ridgefield in response to the incidents.

Ridgefield Police Capt. Jeff Kreitz told News 12 that the investigation is active and ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Ridgefield police. There is a $2,000 reward for information related to these incidents.

A new law first introduced by state Sen. Toni Boucher, who represents Ridgefield and surrounding communities, will require all Connecticut high schools to include Holocaust and genocide education as part of their curriculum.

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