BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. -- Florida's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization is calling for a hate crime investigation over the vandalism of an Islamic Center in Boynton Beach.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations - Florida says the words "**** Islam and **** ISIS" were spraypainted just after 12:40 a.m. Wednesday.
The apparent hate vandalism was captured on the Islamic Center's surveillance video.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation. Federal law enforcement authorities have also been notified.
"Our community continues to suffer from an increase in hate crimes and hate incidents. We still have fresh in our memories the recent hate crime committed at the Islamic Center of Ft. Pierce that was attacked by an arsonist. The hate speech and rhetoric that has come along this presidential campaign is fueling this type of crime that endangers not only the Muslim community but the Florida community in general," said Wilfredo Amr Ruiz, CAIR-Florida Communications Director.