CRANFORD - The Cranford Police Department is currently investigating two "bias incidents" that occurred in the township last week.
According to the department, on Wednesday, January 6, "God is Gay" was found spray painted on a commercial building along South Avenue across from Cranford Alliance Church. The next day, Thursday, January 7, a Cranford resident reported two hate messages written in pink chalk on rocks along the wooded area of the River Walk in Droesher’s Mill Park. On one rock was a swastika and on another was written, “Fags will Die.”
Investigations are ongoing and anyone with information related to these incidents should contact Det. Michael Dubitsky at 908- 709-7358.
Members of the Cranford Township Committee addressed and condemned the hateful acts at Tuesday's Combined Workshop and Official virtual meeting.
"To the members of our community who are threatened by this hate speech, I want to make clear that the number of allies and supporters with you in Cranford far outnumber the cowards who would do this, and our local government takes this seriously," said Deputy Mayor Brian Andrews. "To the individual or individuals responsible for the hate speech, it is my firm hope that you are caught and prosecuted to the greatest extent of the law."