- Associated Press - Thursday, March 2, 2017

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Racial tensions flared in Trenton earlier this week when a property owner defaced a Puerto Rican flag painted on the door of a building he owns with a swastika.

Samuel Kanig says he received permission from the owner of the long-vacant building to create a mural using its door and side panels. This past weekend a group of people cleaned up the area and painted murals celebrating Puerto Rican culture.

But owner Thomas Tyler wasn’t happy with the outcome, so he spray-painted a swastika on his door in response. He told the Trentonian (https://bit.ly/2meXRDz) that he realized that was stupid and painted over it, but a neighbor took a photo before he did. He says he regrets the incident.

Kanig says Tyler took the symbol of pride the group created and tainted it with a symbol of hate.

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