Teens Spray Anti-Asian Slurs in Vandalism Attack on NYC Cemetery

Three unidentified teenagers are caught on surveillance footage at the Cypress Hill Cemetery in NYC moments before a vandalism attack. (Photo credit: NYPD / YouTube)

Three unidentified teenagers were caught on surveillance camera this past week vandalizing headstones in a predominantly Asian and Asian American section of the Cypress Hill Cemetery, a 225-acre cemetery in Queens and Brooklyn, reports DNAinfo.

The teens spray-painted anti-Asian and Islamophobic slurs — including the phrases “ching chong” and “fuck Jackie Chan” — and approximately 70 headstones were knocked down and 15 mausoleum memorial plaques destroyed in the attack. According to DNAinfo, the cemetery houses several notable graves, including that of NYPD officer Wenjian Liu, who was killed in his patrol car along with his partner in 2014 in an apparently targeted attack against the NYPD.

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Vandal attacks Chinese lion statues outside Chinese-American Museum of Chicago

Guardian lions that were donated to the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago last year, and that were vandalized this month. Photo credit: CCAM
Guardian lions that were donated to the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago last year, and that were vandalized this month. Photo credit: CCAM

Why would anyone do this?

Two weeks ago, an unknown man took a hammer to two lion statues that stand outside of the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago. Within a few minutes, he had knocked out a tooth in the mouth of each statue, before walking away.

The museum has released security camera footage of the man, which do not appear to show the man keeping the teeth as souvenirs. Instead, this seems to be pure — weirdly premeditated — vandalism.

Vandalism that is estimated to have cost $10,000 worth of damage.

(Photo of damage and security camera footage after the jump.)

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