A disgraced former NYPD officer was arrested Sunday for a hate crime aimed at one of the biggest Jewish communities in Brooklyn.
According to the New York Daily News, Michael Setiawan was arrested and charged with 19 counts each of criminal mischief as a hate crime and aggravated harassment as a hate crime after allegedly spray painting anti-Jewish statements like “F*** you Jews,” along with swastika emblems.
Michael Setiawan, 36, who left the force in 2007 after two years of service, was accused Sunday of spraying swastikas and hate-filled words on the walls of a Jewish school, three other buildings and 15 cars in Borough Park.
Surveillance cameras filmed a bald man believed to be Setiawan wielding a spray-paint can during Saturday night’s vandalism rampage that left residents terrified.
Police investigating are convinced that the former cop may have mental issues. Neighbors spoke to reporters about his dark past.
He left the department in 2007 because he was suffering from depression, the source said.
Setiawan’s younger brother Erik, a traffic cop, committed suicide in July 2011, cops said. Officers found him in the front seat of a parked car on Quince Ave. in Flushing, Queens, after an overdose of prescription drugs.
A resident on 86th Road, near the Setiawan family home in Bellerose, Queens, described Michael Setiawan as mentally ill, possibly with bipolar disorder. “He’s got problems,” the neighbor said. “But he’s a good guy. Quiet. Helpful.”
While some police still question that one of their own would commit the crime, Setiawan remains behind bars.
Jewish community leaders praised investigators for the quick apprehension and warned that bigotry won’t be tolerated. “We have many Holocaust survivors here, many elderly people and children who are appropriately frightened by unprovoked hate attacks upon their schools and community,” said Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Borough Park). “Hate attacks on our community will not go unpunished.”
And if Setiawan’s “art” is any indication, he’ll be in jail for a while.
SOURCE: New York Daily News | VIDEO CREDIT: News Inc.