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Offensive Vandalism On Mount Tom Eyed As Hate Crime

Religious leaders plan an interfaith blessing Saturday on a western Massachusetts mountaintop where racist, anti-Semitic graffiti was spotted around the time of the election.

Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan said the defacing of the Mount Tom state conservation property is “deplorable.” 

He urged anyone who is a witness to, or a victim of, a bias-motivated threat to immediately report it to local police and call a new hotline set up by state Attorney General Maura Healey.

"The Attorney General's office and others in law enforcement stand at the ready to enforce rights, to protect the rights and people and to keep people safe," Healey said.

Healey announced the hotline in response to reports of harassment of minorities and immigrants since Election Day.

The number is 1-800-994-3228

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