Rocks Thrown at East Bay Mosque

December 11, 2001

Source: Contra Costa Times

On December 11, 2001, The Contra Costa Times reported, "Concord mosque attack probed as hate crime." The article noted, "Two men wearing dark hooded sweatshirts threw a total of two rocks through the front window of the Islamic Center of Contra Costa at 1:15 a.m. Sunday, said Concord police Lt. Dan Siri. No one was injured, though many parishioners were worshipping inside. 'When there's vandalism in a place of worship, we treat it as a hate crime,' Siri said." The article continued, "The Anti-Defamation League's San Francisco office issued a statement Monday condemning the attack and urging local law enforcement to 'pursue this apparent hate crime vigorously.' 'When a religious organization is attacked and there's no other apparent motive for what happened, it's very important that it be investigated as an apparent hate crime,' said league spokeswoman Karen Zatz. 'It might make some people think twice about going to their own religious organizations to worship.'"