SAN FRANCISCO (J. The Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) — Why was a Nazi flag hanging on the wall inside a California parole office over the weekend?
The state’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has launched an investigation to find out.
An anonymous video uploaded Oct. 26 on Imgur, a video and photo sharing website similar to Instagram, shows a red Nazi flag with a black swastika in the center visible through the window of a CDCR office in downtown Sacramento. The video also shows what appears to be a second flag, black with SS bolts, hanging below it.
By Oct. 29, the video had been viewed more than 23,000 times.
A CDCR spokesperson confirmed that the flag had been hung in its state parole office at 1608 T St. In a statement emailed to J. on Tuesday, press secretary Dana Simas said the office deals with high-level offenders and often comes into contact with “objectionable” items.
Some of the items confiscated from offenders are “used as training tools,” Simas wrote. She did not say whether the flag was among them.
The Anti-Defamation League calls the Nazi flag, which has been adopted by white supremacists across the globe, “one of the most potent hate symbols worldwide.” It is banned in Germany.