The white supremacist symbol on Marin’s dashboard was investigated as a hate crime – J.

A set of “notorious” numbers used by white supremacists were discovered on Monday displayed on a dashboard in a Marin County park and are being investigated as a hate crime, Central Authority said Marin police station.

Numbers “1488“combine two symbols of white supremacy,”14 words“(Referring to the slogan” We must ensure the existence of our people and a future for white children “) and” Heil Hitler “(referring to H as the eighth letter of the alphabet). The figures were found on the morning of July 26 at Memorial Park in San Anselmo, a city of about 12,000 people.

“We take this stuff very seriously,” said Cynthia Keat, a detective with the Central Marin Police Authority, a combined force that covers San Anselmo, Larkspur, Corte Madera and parts of Greenbrae. “We will investigate this point to its full extent,” she said. Keat said the investigation is ongoing and will not say if any suspects have been identified.

San Anselmo Mayor Brian Colbert said the numbers were spotted by a passerby and the city’s public works department removed them “immediately”. The numbers, used for games held at the park’s baseball field, are usually kept under lock and key, Colbert said.

“It is a horrible and heinous act,” said the mayor. “I cannot stress enough that I do not think this act in any way represents the values ​​of our community. “

SF-based Anti-Defamation League regional director Seth Brysk called the numbers “notorious digital symbols of white supremacy.”

“In light of the recent surge in anti-Semitic incidents, we commend the community for recognizing offensive symbols, speaking out against bigotry, and contacting law enforcement to ensure they are documented and under investigation, ”he said. “We hope that community leaders continue to fight hate. ADL has resources and expertise to share.

Several towns in Marin County have experienced anti-Semitic incidents in recent years. In August 2019, leaflets were found posted around the town of Novato blaming Jews and Israel for the September 11 attacks. The man responsible for these stickers, Jon Minadeo Jr. of Petaluma, is a leader of the so-called Goyim Defense League, a virulent anti-Semitic group that recently started selling Hitler t-shirts.

In September 2020, students at Redwood High School in Larkspur were the target of anti-Semitic messages. This incident prompted educators and members of the Jewish community in Marin to develop a section on anti-Semitism in their ethnic studies curriculum. The program, which includes lessons on the Holocaust and Jewish stereotypes, will be completed in time for the start of the school year and distributed among the county’s three school districts for use at their own discretion.

Two months after the incident at Redwood High School, a man was found posting swastika stickers in downtown Fairfax that read ‘We are everywhere’. A resident confronted the man and asked him to shoot them, an encounter captured on video which then unfolded viral.

“Unfortunately, there has been a troubling trend in the Ross Valley,” said Colbert, referring to an area that includes San Anselmo, Fairfax, Ross and Kentfield. “I think it is important that these acts do not represent the community. They have no place here.

In response to the incident, a vigil will be held on July 29 at 7 p.m. at the park. City Councilor Steve Burdo is the event organizer. He and Colbert will make some remarks.

“It will be a peaceful protest with some local leaders making brief remarks,” Burdo wrote in a Facebook post. “The people who commit these heinous acts are operating in the shadows, which is why it is important for us to show ourselves publicly together as a community to speak out against such heinous acts.”

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