ROCKVILLE — Police said they are investigating crimes that targeted a married couple, which involved a letter with an anti-Semitic message, toilet paper on the tree outside their condominium and eggs on their vehicle which occurred between Friday and Saturday.
The writer of the letter said the victims’ support of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement following incidents of violence against police was irritating, and drew a yellow star at the bottom of the letter.
“This in the name of Austin and other dead police officers is annoying and disgraceful,” the writer said. “Your lack of care and your racism is very annoying and disgraceful, and for this we would like to award you a gold star. Enjoy the mayhem.
The writer described the ‘Black Lives Matter’ banner as “racist/anti-white/cop-hating.”
“I think it shows a lack of character,” City Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton said.
According to Acting City Police Chief Bob Rappoport, Mikey and Sonya Franklin told police the letter was left on the windshield of their vehicle within a day of taking down the ‘Black Lives Matter’ banner they had displayed outside their condominium. They removed the banner after their homeowners’ association had instructed them to take it down.
Newton said the city is reviewing the incident and that it will issue consequences. She said she was disgusted by the hate shown in the criminal actions committed against the Franklins.
“I personally have no tolerance for hate of any kind, and am sickened at the increase in racist, anti-Semitic and any kind of bigoted actions,” Newton said Monday.
Rappoport said the Rockville Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Unit is investigating the case.
Newton said she and the City Council will discuss how they will respond to the incident.
“I think now we will continue the conversation and ascertain whether there are more significant steps we need to take,” Newton said.