Winthrop Police are investigating an incident involving a Zoomed Town Council discussion on flag flying on town property yesterday in which somebody "shouted an antisemitic slur, displayed a swastika on their screen and appeared to give a nazi salute."
In a statement, police add they are investigating the ranting as a hate crime:
The hateful outburst, in which the individual used an ethnic slur described by the American Jewish Committee as being primarily used today by white supremacists to denigrate Jewish people, is now the subject of an active police investigation. The Winthrop Police Department is also reaching out to its state and federal law enforcement partners to bring their considerable resources to bear on the investigation.
Town Council President James Letterie adds:
We condemn this act and all acts of hatred in or around our community, and we will always call out and condemn hatred in all its forms. There is no place for it here in Winthrop.
Officials say they are reviewing the town's use of Zoom to keep this from happening again.