Laurel Police Investigating Possible Hate Crime

LAUREL, Md. (WJZ) — Police are investigating a possible hate crime in Laurel.

Surveillance video captured a white tractor trailer backing into the Islamic Community Center on Contee Road Monday night.

No one was inside at the time, and no injuries were reported.

The Council for American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, is calling for a federal probe into the incident.

“In light of the hostile political climate impacting the American Muslim community, and because of the spike in hate crimes and threats targeting Muslims and their institutions, we urge federal law enforcement authorities to add their resources to the investigation to help bring the perpetrators to justice and to establish a motive for this disturbing crime,” said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry.

The president of the center says the damage will likely top $10,000.

“ This mosque has been in here for more than 30 years, “ President Ibrahim Zuberi said. “ We have always felt welcome in Laurel. I know the Laurel community and our extended community will not tolerate this. We know the community will come together to try and help identify this truck and figure out why it happened.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 301-498-0092.

Comments

One Comment

  1. Bill Squitch says:

    Ya can’t fix stupid! I remember when they were building it years ago – felt good it was in Laurel.

  2. Jimmie Sprouse says:

    I had to keep re-reading this article to figure out what the tractor trailer did… I was reading that it backed into the center as in the tractor trailer was backing into the loading dock or something and I was trying to figure out what happened. The article doesn’t say anything about the damage or anything so I was confused. Maybe it is just me…

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