NY launches hate crime probe of Syracuse U graffiti

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — New York's governor has directed the State Police Hate Crimes Task Force and the Division of Human Rights to investigate racist messages found at a Syracuse University residence hall.

Syracuse.com says students told authorities last Thursday that they'd found slurs against black and Asian people written in Day Hall bathrooms.

The Daily Orange student newspaper was first to report on the incident.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says in a statement issued Monday that he's "disgusted" by the hateful language and those responsible will be vigorously prosecuted.

The school says it seeks tolerance and inclusion and condemns racism.

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Information from: The Post-Standard, http://www.syracuse.com