NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - A woman walking in a park in Queens was shocked to discover that someone had scrawled a swastika and "KKK" in the snow on the ground.
Eileen O'Gara Linzer posted photos of the hateful symbols and letters she found in Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village on her Facebook page, prompting dozens of comments and more than a hundred shares. "This morning's walk... unfortunately, was the furthest thing from wonderful," she wrote. "Down the block from where my Jewish husband and half-Jewish children are currently living. In one of the most diverse places on earth, and one of our most beloved - Queens NY."
Linzer said she reported the incident to the Anti-Defamation League and the state's Division of Human Rights bias and hate crimes hotline, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo established in November after reports of hate crimes spiked in the days following the election of Donald Trump. She also told Fox 5 that she left a message with her local NYPD precinct.
However, the NYPD told Fox 5 in an email that "Making a 'swastika' 'kkk' in the snow where there is no damage to property is not a crime."
Crime or not, "This cannot continue and when it happens, it CANNOT be ignored," Linzer wrote.