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According to PhillyVoice, Philadelphia police are currently investigating two swastika symbols that were spray-painted on a building in South Philadelphia Wednesday morning.

The building, a former Meglio Furs, is located at 1300 S. Broad Street and currently closed for business. The first swastika replaced the letter T in the “Trump” and the other followed the German phrase “Sieg Heil 2016” that translates to “Hail Victory 2016.” This phrase was commonly used in 1930s Germany at political rallies during their Nazi era.

Public Affairs Officer Christine O'Brien explained how detectives arrived at the scene of the crime after a local DJ and resident named Cosmo Baker submitted a complaint about the symbols. 

Baker explained, “I think the messaging was very clear. (Whether) it was malicious intent or stupid kids who wanted to be provocative, it still has the same effect.”

Baker contacted the Anti-Defamation League and his friends/family contact other organizations about the hateful graffiti.

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