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Taking Blame, Anonymous Caller Says Bacon Incident Wasn’t a Hate Crime

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

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A newspaper received an anonymous call from a man who claims the bacon found scattered in a Staten Island park where Muslims gathered for Ramadan prayers was not a hate crime. 

Th caller left a voice mail at the Staten Island Advance saying he had discarded bacon that had gone bad in the field for seagulls and other animals — not as part of an anti-Muslim message.

"I was reading the article about the horrible incident of bacon and Muslims in the park and I wanted to let you know that is not my intention," the male caller told the paper.

The NYPD is investigating the incident as a possible hate crime. It was informed of the call but declined to discuss it.

The bacon was found Sunday in a section of the New Dorp Beach park where Muslims were celebrating the end of the month-long fasting of Ramadan.

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