Omaha Police investigate potential hate crimes
OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) – The moment the surveillance footage is captured shows a man walking around the Tri-Faith Initiative campus putting neo-Nazi stickers on two of the poles outside the synagogue.
Unfortunately, this incident is nothing new to places of worship and CEO Nate Shapiro said we were lucky it wasn’t serious.
“There are people who think that way. There are people who are motivated by hate. I don’t think it’s representative of most of the people in this country. I don’t think it’s representative of most of the people in Omaha.” said Shapiro.
Shapiro said he knew it was right to report the incident to the police, but wrestled with the idea of publicly speaking about it.
He adds that often people do these acts of hatred just to get attention, which Shapiro didn’t want. But he wanted to take this opportunity to get this message across to the individual.
“I have a message for this person that says I don’t want that person’s life to be ruined by this bad decision … If I can get this guy to sit down with us and talk about it and about it talk about what motivates him to do this and show him that we are not that evil presence that these stickers say he thinks we are, ”Shapiro said.
He added that hopefully by sending this message something good can come of it.
Shapiro said he has empathy for this person as something must be missing in their life and they are motivated by hate, something that Shapiro would hopefully reverse.
The stickers were on the poles and showed a person breaking the Star of David. There was also a website for a neo-Nazi recruitment site.
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