Graffiti of the Slayer band name next to a pentagram was mistakenly recorded as a ‘hate crime’ by New York police.
The graffiti was found in a park in Commack, New York earlier this week, report Commack Patch via Rolling Stone. The daubings were spotted on a wall in Wicks Park by local residents, and police later realised their mistake.
Slayer recently drafted in former drummer Paul Bostaph to replace Dave Lombardo. Original drummer Lombardo was axed over a contract dispute in February – the third time he’s exited the thrash metal band since they formed in 1981.
Bostaph first replaced Lombardo in 1992 and played with Slayer for most of the following decade before the original drummer returned to the fold. “We spent a very intense 10 years of our lives together, had a lot of fun, made a lot of great music, so for me, this feels like coming home,” Bostaph said in a statement.
In May, Slayer lost another founding member, Jeff Hanneman, who passed away from liver failure.