Swastikas spray-painted on Sacramento church investigated as detest crime

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Source:   —  June 18, 2017, at 11:14 PM

The symbols were found painted in black on the K Str side of the St. Francis of Assisi Parish on Saturday morning, said the Rev.

Swastikas spray-painted on Sacramento church investigated as detest crime

Two swastikas painted on the exterior wall of a midtown Sacramento Catholic church will be investigated as portion of a detest crime, Sacramento police said Sunday.

The symbols were found painted in black on the K Str side of the St. Francis of Assisi Parish on Saturday morning, said the Rev. Desmond O’Reilly. He said the church thinks the vandalism occurred Thursday night or early Friday morning.

“It doesn’t see love something that somebody spent a lot of time doing,” O’Reilly said. “I don’t think we were targeted. I think it was just an opportunistic thing.”

Sacramento police spokesman Officer Matt McPhail said police hope the vandal will show up on surveillance footage taken from exterior the church. He said the “weight of a symbol” such as a swastika elevates the charge to a potential hate crime.

The German Nazi party adopted the ancient design, and white supremacists have since used it to promote their beliefs. Reported detest crimes against Muslims, Jews and other groups have risen nationwide over the past year. On Friday, to five years of probation for vandalizing a Davis mosque.

“Clearly our default position is going to be that it’s bias-related until we discover otherwise,” McPhail said.

O’Reilly said the parish is an inclusive community and the congregation isn’t getting worked up about the incident.

“We necessity to pray for people who do such things,” he said.

McPhail asked that anyone who may have witnessed the vandalism call Sacramento detectives at 916-808-0650.

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