Former NYPD officer faces hate crime charges for anti-Semitic messages

The messages were found on 15 vehicles and four buildings, including a religious elementary school. (5/5/14)

BROOKLYN - A former NYPD police officer is facing hate crime charges after being accused of spray-painting anti-Semitic messages.

Investigators say that Michael Setiawan is shown in a photo scrawling anti-Jewish symbols and slurs in an Orthodox neighborhood in Brooklyn.

The messages were found on 15 vehicles and four buildings, including a religious elementary school.

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Setiawan's parents say they don't know why their son left the NYPD. They say he's suffered from mental health issues and has been depressed since leaving the department.

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