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Newark police treating billboard vandalism as bias crime

Councilman Quintana face covered by swastika

By David Wildstein, March 31 2018 5:02 pm

The defacing of a campaign billboard in Newark is being investigated as a bias crime, said Lt. Ronald Glover, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department.

The billboard, in support of Councilman-At-Large Luis Quintana and North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos, was vandalized earlier this week.  A swastika was painted over Quintana’s face, and Ramos’ image was also altered.  Quintana and Ramos are running on a slate with Mayor Ras Baraka, whose name also appeared on the billboard.

Glover said that the Essex County Prosecutor’s office has joined the investigation, which is ongoing.  A video of the area where the billboard was located is being reviewed and enhanced as part of the ongoing probe.

Quintana, Ramos and Baraka are candidates in the May 8 municipal election.

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