FBI to Investigate Vandalism at Muslim Home in Atlanta

April 27, 2006

Source: AccessNorthGa.com

Wire Service: AP


On April 27, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "A national Islamic civil rights group is asking the FBI to investigate vandalism at a Muslim home in suburban Atlanta as a hate crime.

The Douglas County family's van was burned and the words 'Killers go home' spray-painted on the side of their house on April 8.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington said local authorities had been slow to investigate the crime.

But Douglas County Chief Deputy Stan Copeland said evidence from the scene has been submitted to the state crime lab and that police patrols in the neighborhood have been stepped up as investigators seek new leads... CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said the Kamrans' experience was part of a growing pattern of anti-Muslim acts in the U.S... Yusuf Burke, a CAIR representative in Atlanta, said such incidents are not common in Georgia, but there have been a few. The most notable was the destruction of Islamic Center of Savannah mosque by fire in 2003... Georgia has no state hate crime law. Its old law was thrown out by the state Supreme Court in 2004 for being too vague and efforts to revive the law in this year's Legislature failed."