Saturday, October 19, 2019

Palm Springs police investigating possible hate crime after swastika found outside Jewish lawyer's office 

The Palm Springs Police Department launched an investigation on Saturday morning into a possible hate crime after a swastika was found drawn outside of a Jewish attorney's office.

The Nazi symbol was drawn on a sign visible from South Palm Canyon Drive in front of attorney Bob Weinstein's office.

As a Jewish man, Weinstein said he felt it was a personal attack.

"This is a horrible crime," he told The Desert Sun. "I'm especially affected by it because they know I'm Jewish, with a name like that, and they know I'm in this building 'cause my name's on the building. My family survived the Holocaust so we're very sensitive to those kind of hate signs."

Weinstein said he noticed the swastika on his way into his office near the intersection of East Mesquite Avenue and South Palm Canyon Drive around 11:30 a.m. He said he "went into shock" before quickly calling the police. Officers responded to the scene about 11:53 a.m., according to a news release.


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