Group Calls for Police to Investigate Vandalism at Jewish Cemetery as Hate Crime

Some people are calling on police to investigate a case of vandalism in Hartford as a hate crime after 60 headstones were knocked down at a Jewish cemetery in the North End. 

According to Hartford police, 60 headstones were knocked over at the Ateres Knesseth Israel Cemetery at FD Oates Avenue and Garden Street at some point between Monday and Friday.

The president and chief executive officer of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford said the damage ranges from $5,000 to $10,000. 

Police are investigating but said there is no indication this was a hate crime. 

"If we ignore this then we are ignoring hate and this is not a crime against the Jewish community. It's a crime against all communities," Joel Leyden, of the group Jews Against Hate, said.

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