“Pork Vandalism ” A Federal Hate Crime Investigation

Police in Edmond, Oklahoma have not identified any suspects in connection with the reported placement of raw bacon on the door handles of a mosque.

Officers were called Sunday afternoon to the Islamic Society of Edmond, where a mosque trustee reported that “someone put uncooked bacon on the door handles of the men’s and women’s mosques” earlier in the day.

Muslims are prohibited from consuming bacon and other pork products.

The mosque official, who contacted police at 4 PM, told officers that the vandalism was discovered at 10 AM. An Edmond Police Department report does not indicate why six hours passed before the incident was reported to law enforcement.

Before cleaning up the bacon, mosque members photographed the door handles. The images, including the one above, were subsequently provided to police and the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which has called for a federal hate crimes investigation of the vandalism.

Asked about the status of the criminal probe, an Edmond Police Department spokesperson said, “We do not have suspects at this time.” As noted in the police report, the mosque does not have security cameras on its property.



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