Emerald police targeted in hate crime, Nazi swastika tagged at train station
Melbourne police have become the target of a frightening hate crime as tensions rise among authorities during the state’s sixth lockdown.
Police officers in the far east of Melbourne were victims of a spooky hate crime after a swastika was drawn outside a police station.
Victoria Police have confirmed that the vandalism incident occurred at Emerald Police Station in the Dandenong Ranges on August 29.
A police spokesperson said an investigation was launched after “offensive graffiti” was placed on a sign outside the station.
A photo of the sickening graffiti was posted on Facebook with the caption “I think we’ve all had enough”.
The Facebook post has since been deleted.
Anti-Defamation Commission chairman Dvir Abramovich said the vandalism was one of the “most scandalous acts” he had ever seen.
“It is an outright hate crime,” he told NCA NewsWire.
“Degrading a police station with the most evil symbol in the world, representing the extermination of six million Jews and millions more, is one of the ugliest and most outrageous acts I have seen.
“This brazen explosion of extremism is more than shameful and crosses so many red lines that it must be met with the strongest condemnation possible.
“The men and women of law enforcement, especially in Emerald, who put their lives on the line every day to protect us, deserve better than to be labeled Nazis.”
Dr Abramovich has said that no matter how a person feels about Covid-19, equating any action with Hitler and the Holocaust is “wrong and heinous.”
“Words matter and can lead to violence, and I hope that these individuals, who have taken the time to deliberately express their vicious bigotry will be identified and prosecuted with all the rigor of the law,” he said. .
Earlier this year, a parliamentary committee recommended that the Victorian government establish a criminal offense prohibiting the display of symbols of Nazi ideology, including the swastika.
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has indicated that the government will support action to ban the use of Nazi symbols.
Police said the investigation was ongoing and anyone with information has been asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1-800-333,000.