SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains police are investigating what a bias incident on Coles Avenue that appears to have targeted a mixed race couple.

"The incident was reported on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. The complainant reported that sometime overnight someone had used soap to write the "N word" on a window of their vehicle," said Scotch Plains Police Chief Ted Conley. "The Scotch Plains Police Department is currently investigating the matter as a Bias Incident and asks the public to report any information that they have on this matter to Det./Sgt. Pearson, (908) 322-7100 x113."

Chief Conley added that his department is looking for any possible video footage that anyone might have, as well as any first- or second-hand information that will help police in catching the perpetrator.

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"We take all matters such as these extremely serious and would like to hold those accountable for their actions," Chief Conley said.

Information about this incident also reached many people via a post on the Scotch Plains & Fanwood Neighbors Facebook page.

This morning my husband woke up to find the “N” word written in soap on his passenger side window. He is black. I called the police to notify them. I asked my neighbors if they have any video from their surveillance cameras, which they do not. It’s such a shame. I just wanted to put it out there to see if anyone has seen anything similar around our area. The police said nothing else had been reported. It feels like someone knows him and wrote it on his car purposely. It’s very very sad and frustrating.

Mayor Al Smith told TAPintoSPF that he is "terribly upset to hear of the racial incident."

This incident is the latest among several high profile occurrences of intolerance locally. In October 2018, vandals wrote inflammatory graffiti on the back of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. More recently, in November 2019, a middle school student posted a picture of himself in blackface in front of a Confederate flag. 

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