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Jackie Robinson Statue Vandalized with Racial Epithets

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This undated image provided by the Brooklyn Cyclones shows a statue of Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson at MCU Park in the Coney Island section of the Brooklyn borough of New York, where the minor league Cyclones team plays.

New York City police are investigating swastikas and hate speech scrawled on a statue of Jackie Robinson and a teammate outside Brooklyn’s minor league baseball stadium.

A manager at MCU Park noticed the defacement Wednesday morning. The words “Heil Hitler,” an expletive and racist epithets were scrawled on the statue in black marker. Workers later covered up the vandalism.

Police are investigating it as a hate crime and are hunting for video evidence.

The statue is of Robinson and his Brooklyn Dodgers teammate Pee Wee Reese.

MCU Park in Coney Island is the stadium for the Brooklyn Cyclones, a minor league affiliate of the New York Mets. The team marked the return of professional baseball to Brooklyn, which lost the Dodgers to Los Angeles in the late 1950s.

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