Now police have arrested a suspect.
From the Toledo Blade last month:
A Sylvania Township family says they can’t imagine how anyone could paint the racist graffiti they discovered on their garage door Tuesday night.
Someone painted a swastika and cursed Arabs in the graffiti on a house in the 7000 block of Cinnamon Teal Court. Sylvania Township police are investigating the incident as an act of “ethnic intimidation,” according to a media release today from police.The publication included with the story, a statement from CAIR-Cleveland Executive Director Julia Shearson:
“We call on state and local religious and political leaders — including the Township Administrator — to condemn this incident in the strongest possible terms in order to reassure all diverse communities that hate-motivated attacks and vandalism are not welcome in our state or community.
“We call on those community leaders to come together to host events that build bridges of understanding, mutual respect and tolerance in order to counter such hateful acts.
“We call on local, state and federal law enforcement authorities to thoroughly investigate this incident in order to identify and apprehend the alleged perpetrators.”
CAIR’s national office has noted a spike in incidents targeting American Muslims and other minority groups since the Nov. 8 presidential election.That last line should have said a spike in reports of such incidents.
So police investigated and today they made an arrest.
From the Associated Press:
Police have charged an Ohio man with criminal damaging in the spray-painting of a swastika and message cursing Arabs on a Lebanese family's garage door in suburban Toledo.
Sylvania Township police say 28-year-old Osama Nazzal, of Toledo, has a March 1 court appearance to face the second-degree misdemeanor count. Police say he told them the message wasn't a matter of ethnic intimidation, but they declined to discuss his possible motive.
Court records don't list an attorney for him and no one answered a telephone Wednesday that had been listed to him.
The Blade newspaper of Toledo reported that resident Souheir Eltatawy said she has felt afraid since the vandalism occurred; she declined further comment Wednesday.
An installer and radio station donated a new garage door to help the family after the Jan. 10 vandalism, and the community has shown support in other ways. People put encouraging messages on the defaced door about welcoming neighbors and love conquering hate. A couple hundred people also joined members of the Toledo Symphony to sing outside the home.Good police work. Thank you.
So CAIR gets to add a hate crime against Arab Americans.
Which is odd since Toledo has long had a strong Lebanese community.
And so many people went out of their way to show love for their neighbors.
Wonder if CAIR gave the family a gift....
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