Police investigate possible link between graffiti and Facebook hate group

Posted at: 06/10/2014 5:53 PM
Updated at: 06/11/2014 11:01 AM
By: Mark Mulholland

WHITEHALL - Cars and trucks weren't the only things in need of a good cleaning at Big G's Car Wash Tuesday afternoon.

That's because someone scrawled racist graffiti at several spots in this northern Washington County community, including the car wash and the neighboring El Citadel antiques where owners were busy Tuesday covering graffiti sprayed on the walls of their businesses.

There's an offensive, violent reference to the N-word. Others include swastikas. All of them include what appears to be a signature of the person or people scrawling the hate---"NYND."

A search of NYND on Facebook, brings up a page that claims to be a "white nationalist militia located in Upstate NY."

It lists the address of the group as a home in Whitehall.

It's claimed mission: "to kill,bomb,ambush,beat,burn, assassinations, whatever it takes to destroy the Jew media and the government."

The page claims it's for "recruitment of white men and women from upstate NY to join our cause."

A quick look around the Facebook page makes that cause disturbingly clear: encouraging harm to Jewish people and black people. And it warns in one post, "You will find out soon who we are."

As of late Tuesday afternoon, 25 people had "liked" the page.

As for the graffiti, surveillance cameras at the car wash and antique store have given police some prime suspects.

And investigators want to know if those responsible for the scrawlings, are behind social media page.

Beth Tidd, a representative of the Anti-Defamation League told NewsChannel 13 that she's shocked by the contents of the web page.

"I’m horrified and sickened by seeing this Facebook page and knowing the graffiti found in the area as well," said Tidd. "It’s simply disgusting to know there are individuals with those views in our community."

Washington District Attorney Tony Jordan said, "We take these matters very seriously...and we will determine if this is related to the destructive graffiti in the Whitehall area."