(PIX11) — A statue of Brooklyn Dodger baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese has been vandalized, with several racial slurs scrawled with black marker on its base.
NYPD told PIX11 that the statue, at MCU Park in Coney Island, was discovered tagged at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.
The damage has since been covered up with a plastic bag taped over the scrawlings.
Robinson, who was profiled in the recent Hollywood movie “42,” broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947 when he became the first black player in the major leagues
The statue also features fellow Dodger Reese, putting a supportive arm around Robinson.
Brooklyn Cyclone officials found a swastika, the words “Heil Hitler,” and several racial epiteths and curse words directed against Robinson and blacks.
Council speaker Christine Quinn writes “We’re appalled by the racist graffiti that defaced the Jackie Robinson statue … We condemn this hateful act of vandalism, it does not represent the views of Brooklyn or any community of our great city. Jackie Robinson made history by breaking down barriers; he inspired a nation in his pursuit of equality.”
The NYPD Hate Crime Task Force is investigating. No arrests have been made. If you have any information, contact the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1 800-577-TIPS.
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