FBI investigates vandalism at Plainfield Islamic Society headquarters as hate crime

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PLAINFIELD, Ind. (March 3, 3016)—The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating vandalism at the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) headquarters in Plainfield as a hate crime.

The ISNA reported Sunday their building was vandalized. Spray-painted racial epithets covered the brick wall of the headquarters. The graffiti has since been removed from the building.

Surveillance footage released earlier this week showed three suspects in the crime. Authorities are actively searching for the men captured on video.

At a news conference Monday, representatives from the Office of Representative Andre Carson (D-Indianapolis) and the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council condemned the vandalism and renewed calls for a hate crime bill in Indiana.

The Islamic Society of North America released the following statement in part Thursday:

We continue to receive calls and letters of support from the interfaith community. We are even receiving offers from individuals to come and help clean the outside of the building for free because they are upset that this has happened to a place of worship.

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