New Jersey – A State Police sergeant’s teenage daughter who dressed like Hitler and posted on social media a picture of a popular gathering spot for Orthodox Jews – with the caption “perfect bombing time” – may have behaved offensively, but not criminally, authorities said.
The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office examined the Twitter post and a cache of other pro-Hitler images by the Jackson teen and her associates and concluded that they did not amount to any credible threat.
“There was never any danger being posed to the community,” said Al Della Fave, a spokesman for the office. “It didn’t rise to anything criminal.”
He added that the one teen’s connection to law enforcement afforded her no special treatment – even as police remain on heightened alert for terrorism and threats conveyed through social media.
“That would not be something that would be a determining factor,” Della Fave said. “That has no bearing on the case.”
He also dismissed any suggestion that the authorities would have taken a harsher view if the posters – apparently all white – were of a different background.
“Everything was evaluated at face value. We have been assured by the families and the school that this is something that will be handled.”
In one of the posted images, a girl dons what appears to be a State Police hat. She also wears a swastika, is adorned with a Hitler-style mustache and gives the Nazi salute. The Twitter image includes this caption: “1944: crematorium crew.”
In another image, posted on the same Twitter account, a number of young Orthodox families are shown sitting outside an Italian ice shop on West County Line Road in Jackson. The caption below the tweet reads: “perfect bombing time.”
Della Fave said the prosecutor’s office adheres to state statutes regarding bias crimes when determining whether to file charges against individuals for comments made on the Internet.
He declined to discuss any further details, except to note that the posters the office investigated were all minors from Jackson. When contacted by the Asbury Park Press, the State Police sergeant related to the teen declined comment.
“You’re talking about a minor,” said the trooper at his front door. “No interviews.”
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