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Swastika, SS initials spray-painted on palm trees near MacArthur Causeway

A swastika and the initials ‘SS’ were found spray-painted onto a palm tree by the MacArthur Causeway on Wednesday, days after a car slammed into a group of counter-protestors at a white nationalist and neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, left a woman dead.
A swastika and the initials ‘SS’ were found spray-painted onto a palm tree by the MacArthur Causeway on Wednesday, days after a car slammed into a group of counter-protestors at a white nationalist and neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, left a woman dead. jflechas@miamiherald.com

A swastika and the initials “SS” were found spray-painted onto a palm tree by the MacArthur Causeway on Wednesday, days after a car slammed into a group of counter-protesters at a white nationalist and neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left a woman dead.

The white graffiti was located on two palm trees on the north side of Interstate 395, by the westbound off-ramp of the causeway onto Northeast 13th Street in Miami. The initials “SS” are regularly used to refer to the Schutzstaffel, the paramilitary force in Nazi Germany under Adolf Hitler.

As of early Wednesday afternoon, the vandalism was still visible from the road. Miami police spokesman Christopher Bess said Wednesday evening that Miami police had not received any calls regarding such graffiti located on the causeway.

In February, five vehicles in Miami Beach were scratched with swastikas during the night. Miami Beach police arrested Timothy Merriam the following month in connection with the etched swastikas and charged him with five counts of criminal mischief. A car was also reported spray-painted with the offensive symbol in February near Boca Raton.

Staff writer Joey Flechas contributed to this report.

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