November 26, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson in Suspicious Activity

MORRISTOWN, [NJ]--Vandals struck five New Jersey churches with predominantly black congregations this weekend — incidents that police are investigating as possible hate crimes. The perpetrators 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. Authorities are looking into the episodes as bias crimes, which is New Jersey’s version of a hate crime, events it defines 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 five churches that were victims of the crime were Baptist, Methodist Episcopal and Pentecostal, led by black preachers, and with strong black followings. 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.” View More>>

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