Louisville Mayor: vandalism at Louisville Islamic Center is a 'punch in the gut'
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Someone painted threatening and hateful graffiti on the walls of the Louisville Islamic Center on River Road. It happened sometime Wednesday afternoon or early evening.
Now Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is calling on the community to help paint over the hateful graffiti.
Fischer joined community and interfaith leaders in denouncing the act of vandalism at a news conference Thursday morning.
The mayor called it "a punch in the gut."
"An act like this here last night is an affront to everyone in our community," Fischer said. "It is not just an act against one faith, the Muslim faith. It's an act against Buddhists, Christians, Jews -- all faiths. An act like this will not be tolerated in our community.Certainly from a moral standpoint, but also from a legal standpoint."
Dr. Muhammad Babar, spokesperson for the Islamic Center, also spoke during the news conference.
"Today we are standing here together once again to denounce extremism, intolerance and hatreds of all kinds, in whatever shape or firm it is," Babar said.
LMPD is working with Indian Hills Police on the investigation. Chief Steve Conrad says the FBI is also involved in what is being called a hate crime.
Apparently the security camera was not working with the crime occurred, though authorities have taken the hard drive to see if there is some clue.
Anyone with information is asked to call the LMPD crime tipline at 574-LMPD. Callers can remain anonymous.
Friday afternoon at 3:30, the mayor is leading a community effort to clean up the mosque. It is hoped that an act that was meant to divide can be turned into something that helps the community pull together.
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