(WWJ) A local group is calling for vandalism at a new mosque in Warren to be investigated as a possible hate crime.
Members of the Al Ihsaan Islamic Center found broken windows and a hammer when they arrived the morning of Saturday, July 11.
Dawud Walid, Executive Director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI), says he believes hate was the motive.
And although an investigaiton by the Warren Police Department is underway, he said police have not said whether or not the incident will be investigated as a potential hate crime.
"Because of increasing hate incidents targeting houses of worship and minority communities nationwide, we urge local, state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate this act of vandalism as a possible hate crime," said Walid. "Given the history of tense race relations and anti-Muslim incidents in Warren, it is important that law enforcement investigates this incident with the seriousness that it deserves."
Walid noted that there is a history in Warren of opposition to the establishment and expansion of Islamic centers, as well as incidents of other mosques being targets of anti-Muslim vandalism and threats in the same locality.
Metro Detroit is home to one of the largest Muslim populations in the U.S.
Anyone with information about this incident can call Warren police at 586-574-4700.