Wed. Aug 10th, 2022

The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating after St. Peter’s Italian Catholic Church in downtown Los Angeles was vandalized Monday morning.

According to the LAPD, the vandalism took place between 7:15 and 7:30 at the church along North Broadway.

The department calls the incident a hate crime and believes that the perpetrator committed the act because it was Indigenous People’s Day / Columbus Day. Someone drove past the church about two hours after it happened and reported the crime.

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Investigators also say it appears someone tried to break in through the front door of the church, but they were unable to enter.

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The associate pastor told FOX 11 outside the camera that he and the pastor at the time were praying behind and did not hear or see anything unusual. Now they are praying for the criminal who ravaged their church.

He also noted that the church has been vandalized in the past.

Some people in the area were upset to see red paint spray on the church’s beige exterior.

“I think it’s absolutely disgusting. If we can not protect our churches and temples, then what are we doing here like Los Angeles City? Thank God Cpt. [Elaine] Morales and the top executives came out, but it’s pathetic, “a resident told FOX 11’s Hailey Winslow.

In addition to the red paint, “land left” was written on the sidewalk in front of the church as well as on the church gates and on its exterior signs.

Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino issued a statement saying in part:

“Today is the first time a US president has officially recognized Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

As a global city with many cultures and traditions, Los Angeles should be an example of how modern society is able to respect all cultures.

Today should be about celebrating our diversity and contribution to society without the need for hatred or violence. We all need to work together, not breed division and hatred with each other.

I pray that our city can truly embrace and be proud of our diversity. “

The Major Crimes Division collected various evidence from the site.

Anyone with information please contact LAPD.

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