- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

ARLINGTON, Mass. (AP) - The Arlington Police Department has partnered with the town’s Human Rights Commission after a string of hate crimes in the area.

The department and the commission issued a joint statement expressing concern about a recent increase in “intolerance and hate incidents” in the town.

The incidents include recurring racist and anti-Semitic graffiti at a middle school, unsolicited mailing of KKK materials to a home and repeated destruction of Black Lives Matter signs at churches. Most recently, swastikas were spray-painted on a black family’s garage door.

The department and commission say they’re disturbed by these incidents and working together to investigate them.

Police are asking residents to report any act of discrimination or hate. Residents are also invited to a meeting Wednesday to discuss improving the community’s response to hate crimes.

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