2003-10-24 / Front Page

Police Say Nazi Pages ‘Not A Hate Crime’

Police Say Nazi Pages ‘Not A Hate Crime’

The NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner for Public Information (DCPI) remains mum at press time on a four-page pro-Nazi document found last Sunday at 711 Hartman Lane by Bayswater resident Reynoldo (Rey) Clarke.

Local police sources, have told The Wave, "Leaving the papers there does not, in itself, constitute a bias crime."

"This has officially been classified as not a bias crime by the NYPD"

The Hartman Lane property, once a part of the Hartman YMHA, now houses a day care center on the second floor and a Jewish girl’s school in the basement.

Clarke told The Wave that he was walking to the subway station on Sunday, on his way to church, when he noticed a bunch of papers on the steps of 711 Hartman Lane. Clarke, a long-time member of the volunteer Bayswater Security Patrol, said that he was curious and went over and looked at them. When he saw what they were, he took them with him to read on the subway.

"I was really concerned for the kids, both those upstairs and the Jewish school downstairs," Clarke says. "I was afraid that somebody might firebomb the school or try something else."

What angered Clarke and led him to fear for the students was a four-page sheath of printouts from a website called "The New World Order."

The pages declare that "Adolph Hitler was and is the greatest figure of the age," and "He is the special gift of providence to Aryan man in modern time."

Clark, who once ran for Congress and now supports Everly Brown for City Council, called Brown and the two of them called the police.

Both uniformed patrol officers and detectives responded to the Bayswater location.

On Thursday, however, police were not sure that they had a bias crime in hand. Clark thinks he knows the reason.

"They don’t seem to be certain of the information we gave them," Clarke admitted. "They don’t seem to believe that I found them on the steps, maybe even that we put them there."

Clark says that detectives asked him for personal information that leads him to believe that they are looking at him for placing the papers on the steps and then "discovering" them.

While police refused to comment on the record about those charges, one person close to the case did say, "politicians have been known to do things such as this before an election to garner votes with a particular constituency."

In the last election, a large Jewish turnout from the "West Lawrence" section of Far Rockaway did help Brown’s opponent, James Sanders, in winning the election by a large margin..

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