New York City, N.Y., Mar 1, 2019 / 00:15 am
New York police officials have declared an act of vandalism against a statue at a local Catholic church last week to be a hate crime.
The incident occurred at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
"At approximately 12 p.m. noon on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt entered the Church, removed the statue of Our Lady of Cisne and threw it in the trash across the street, causing damage to the statue," the Diocese of Brooklyn said in a statement.
A parish staff member retrieved the statue, and the police were notified.