Islamic leaders call Ohio mosque vandalism a hate crime


DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Islamic leaders are calling recent vandalism at an Ohio mosque a hate crime.

Police are still investigating the Feb. 28 damage to several windows at the Islamic Society of Greater Dayton mosque in downtown Dayton. Video appears to show a white male with a gun in his hand outside the mosque at the time windows were smashed.

Islamic leaders say the vandalism came during a morning prayer time. No injuries were reported.

The Cincinnati chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called Tuesday evening for a hate crime probe.

FBI spokesman Todd Lindgren says in an email Wednesday the agency is in contact with Dayton police and if “information comes to light of a potential federal civil rights violation, the FBI is prepared to investigate.”