Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
L.A. County Board of Supervisors, 2nd District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 25, 2009 Contact: James Bolden
RIDLEY-THOMAS JOINS LAPD DETECTIVES IN CALL FOR HELP IDENTIFYING
SUSPECTS IN VANDALISM OFTWO SOUTH LOS ANGELES HOUSES OF WORSHIP
WHAT: News conference at the site of one of two South Los Angeles houses of worship that were vandalized within the last month with similar hate messages and other graffiti. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and LAPD detectives will ask for the public’s help in identifying who is responsible for these heinous crimes.
WHO: L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
Captain Robert Green, Commanding Officer, 77th Street Community Police Station
Lieutenant Tom McMullen, Officer in Charge, 77th Street Detectives
Detective Ross Nemeroff, Investigating Detective, 77th Street Burglary Section
Detective Jorge Trego, Investigating Detective, 77th Street Burglary Section
Reverend Eugenio Raphael, Senior Pastor, Saint Mark United Methodist Church
Ray Regalado, L.A. County Human Relations Commission
Bob Adams, President of the Church of Scientology International
Edward Parkin, Director of Cultural Affairs
Jeff Griffin, Citizen Commission on Human Rights
WHEN: Today - Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Saint Mark United Methodist Church, 8305 South Gramercy Place, Los Angeles, CA
On Sunday, February 8, 2009, the Saint Mark United Methodist Church was severely vandalized and burglarized. A stained glass window of the church was shattered, several walls and The Holy Cross were spray painted with obscenities and graffiti and chemical fire extinguishers were sprayed inside of the church. Damages exceeded $21, 000.
On Saturday, March 7, 2009, The Church of Scientology Community Center located at 8039 South Vermont was vandalized with hate messages and other graffiti.
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