Police seek 5 people in racist Hoboken mayoral flier case

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 04:30:09 AM. Councilman Michael DeFusco, who finished second behind the target of the flier, Mayor-elect Ravi Bhalla, is offering a $5,000 reward
HOBOKEN --Police have determined that at least five people were involved in the distribution of a flier that tried to link a Sikh mayoral candidate to terrorism days before Tuesday's election. Hoboken Police released still images of three suspects plus surveillance video on Monday, asking the public to help track down the people who circulated the flier. The flier had targeted the eventual winner of Tuesday's election, City Councilman Ravi Bhalla, who will become Hoboken's first Sikh mayor when he is sworn in on Jan. 1. Hoboken Police release more flier footage Monday afternoon's release showing the three people wanted in the case follows the release of footage last week showing two other people leaving copies of the flier on a city stoop. On Monday morning, the mayoral candidate whose original campaign flier was doctored to associate Bhalla with terrorism, Councilman Michael DeFusco, announced he was offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the criminal conviction of whoever was responsible. DeFusco, who was a close second to Bhalla in the 6-person non-partisan election, said the doctoring of his flier with the words, "Don't let TERRORISM take over our Town!" was an offense against him as well as Bhalla. "Whoever created these fliers deserves to be held accountable for this despicable action that damaged my reputation, insulted the Bhalla family and altered the outcome of this election," DeFusco said in a statement. "Our democracy cannot properly function if...Read more
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