Black Churches Vandalized In New Jersey
This is insane. Police are investigating possible hate crimes after this weekend five New Jersey black churches were targeted by vandals.
According to Newsweek reports the perps destroyed the outside of the buildings overnight from Friday into Saturday, including shattering a stained glass window and damaging or breaking exterior signs, according to prosecutors.
Police are increasing their presence at all local churches to ensure members’ safety, and asked people to “remain vigilant and call police if any suspicious activity is observed.”
New Jersey’s governor-elect responded to the news on Twitter, condemning the vandals for their “cowardly acts.”
Police are investigating the incidents as bias crimes, the state’s version of a hate crime, which is defined as “an offense with the purpose to intimidate an individual or group of individuals because of race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, or ethnicity.”
The churches that were targeted were Baptist, Methodist Episcopal and Pentecostal.
SMH. So messed up. FBI data shows hate crimes have been on the rise since Trump took office. Is anyone surprised?