Highland Park police arrested a juvenile on Tuesday, May 23, for allegedly defacing a trash can with antisemitic content.
Local authorities on Friday, May 19, began investigating vandalism — including a swastika — formed on the can with blue painter’s tape.
According to a Facebook post from a Highland Park resident, the can is located in the Hybernia neighborhood — which is just south of Half Day Road and west of U.S. Route 41 — and is used to feed swans in an adjacent pond.
Police are crediting residents for providing information that four days later led to the arrest of a juvenile and a charge of vandalism, according to a release from the City of Highland Park.
No further information related to the arrest was immediately available.
Following the discovery of the vandalism, Mayor Nancy Rotering issues a statement condemning the act.
“I am appalled and disturbed to learn about the antisemitic graphic pasted on a garbage can in the northern part of Highland Park,” Rotering said in her statement. “This act of hatred, bigotry, and cowardice has no place in our community. I condemn it in the strongest terms possible.”
Highland Park consists of a significant Jewish population. Demographic organizations have reported that between one-third and one-half of the city’s residents are Jewish.
A report from the Anti-Defamation League found that antisemitic incidents in 2022 rose 35 percent over 2021, when such incidents were already at record highs.
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