The NYPD has launched an investigation after bricks were thrown through the window of a state Senator’s district office in Dyker Heights Friday morning.
Shortly after 9:30 a.m. on July 14, officers from the 68th Precinct responded to reports of an act of vandalism at Senator Iwen Chu’s district office at 6605 Fort Hamilton Parkway.
Chu, who was not present at the time, said her staff were working at the office when the cluster of bricks crashed through the office window.
She said she was grateful that no one was harmed in the incident, condemning the attack as an “inexcusable act of violence” that “cannot be tolerated in any aspect of life.”
“We are working with the NYPD 68th precinct to apprehend this individual and ensure he never causes more harm,” said Chu in a statement.
Detectives in Brooklyn are now seeking to identify and apprehend the man who was captured on security camera footage carrying out the act.
The investigation is ongoing, an NYPD spokesperson said.
Messages of support from other local pols flooded in following the incident, with fellow state Senator Andrew Gounardes calling the incident “utterly reprehensible.”
“As elected officials, we are held to a higher level of scrutiny and accountability, but that should not be mistaken for an invitation for political violence,” Gounardes tweeted.
In a message of solidarity with Chu, Brooklyn Council Member Justin Brannan said political violence is never acceptable.
“Electeds know we can’t make everyone happy and we should be held accountable. But we didn’t sign up for this, especially when our staff and constituents are put in harm’s way,” he tweeted.
Chu was elected to represent the first Asian-majority state Senate district in Brooklyn last November.
Correction 07/17/23, 4:54pm: This story previously incorrectly stated the Senator’s office is in Sunset Park. The office is located in Dyker Heights. We regret the error.