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Police probe epithets on Jackie Robinson statue

FILE - This undated image provided by the Brooklyn Cyclones shows a statue of Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson at MCU Park in the Coney Island section of the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York City police are investigating swastikas and hate speech scrawled on the statue outside Brooklyn's minor league baseball stadium. A manager at MCU Park noticed the defacement Wednesday morning, Aug. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Brooklyn Cyclones)

FILE - This undated image provided by the Brooklyn Cyclones shows a statue of Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson at MCU Park in the Coney Island section of the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York City police are investigating swastikas and hate speech scrawled on the statue outside Brooklyn's minor league baseball stadium. A manager at MCU Park noticed the defacement Wednesday morning, Aug. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Brooklyn Cyclones)

The New York City police are investigating swastikas and hate speech scrawled on a statue of Jackie Robinson and Dodgers teammate Pee Wee Reese outside Brooklyn’s minor league baseball stadium.

A manager at MCU Park noticed the defacement yesterday morning. The words “Heil Hitler,” an expletive and racist epithets were scrawled on the statue in black marker. Workers later covered up the vandalism.

The police are investigating it as a hate crime and are hunting for video evidence.

MCU Park in Coney Island is the stadium for the Brooklyn Cyclones, a minor league affiliate of the New York Mets. The team marked the return of professional baseball to Brooklyn, which lost the Dodgers to Los Angeles in the late 1950s.

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