Police Investigate Vandalism of Mosque

August 1, 2007

Author: Loresha Wilson

Source: Shreveport Times


A faded green marijuana leaf remained on the outside of a Shreveport mosque late afternoon Tuesday, despite efforts to wash off the graffiti. The imam of the Islamic Association of Arabi Inc. arrived for prayers about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday and found the drug symbol spray painted on one side and profanity on the other, according to police reports. Only red streaks were left from the profanity.

It happened after members left night prayers, which ended about 10:30 p.m. Monday, at the building in the 3700 block of Youree Drive.

At least one member of the community feels it was a hate crime.

"It shows ignorance and intolerance," said Abderazak Benyahia, who regularly prays at the mosque. "People are very passionate when it comes to Islam."