Pittsfield Police Investigate Possible Hate Crime
Pittsfield Police are investigating whether a hate crime occurred when someone spray-painted swastikas and other graffiti on a city family's home.
Richard Rodriguez says two swastikas, what appeared to be gallows and other offensive symbols were drawn on visible sections of his vinyl-sided residence overnight on Feb. 2.
Rodriguez, who tells The Berkshire Eagle he's of Puerto Rican descent, has since painted over the graffiti.
He believes his home was targeted.
Although he has lived in Pittsfield for 14 years and never had a problem, he's lived in his current home with his 12-year-old son just a few months.
He has beefed up security at the home, installing motion-sensing, outdoor floodlights.
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