Community Center evacuated while couple receives hate mail
ROCKVILLE – Law enforcement is investigating two anti-Semitic crimes this week after a Jewish community center received a bomb threat and a couple received an angry letter after displaying a Black Lives Matter banner.
The bomb threat, which his being handled by Montgomery County police, was one of several across the country at Jewish community centers on Jan. 9.
Rockville Police said they are investigating after a Jewish couple who support Black Lives Matter saw their car defaced with eggs at the end of last week, had toilet paper hung from a tree outside their condominium and received a letter that called their support for the movement anti-white, anti-police and irritating.
The writer of the letter cited instances of violence against police in Dallas and elsewhere and drew a yellow star at the bottom.
“This in the name of Austin (a disabled white man tortured on video by blacks) and the 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.”
“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 their 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. 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, antiSemitic 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.