A man in Revere, Massachusetts, 15 minutes north of Boston, was arrested this week and faces charges of a hate crime and vandalism.
Jason Pagliuca, 38, is accused of spray-painting a car in Revere with swastikas, as well as writing the phrase “white power” on the street. The owner of the vehicle wishes to remain anonymous for his own safety, but is being represented in court by the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
In response to the attack, which happened on June 11, a rally against hate was held at Revere City Hall. The mayor, Brian Arrigo, said that this crime “is an example of the racism many of our residents experience on an ongoing basis”. He promised that they would “not allow hatred in our city” and promises to “call it out and address it.”
Pagliuca was arrested after a tip from the community led police to get a warrant to search his home. There, they found evidence that allowed them to make an arrest.
Pagliuca will go to court on August 20 to face the charges.