Rocks thrown at California church during Sunday service, but no indication of a hate crime, say police

Suspect 1” (Image via SAPD and Suspect 2” (Image via SAPD)

Paint over a huge “Black Lives Matter” message plastered in yellow onto a public street? Hate crime.

Pick up rocks and hurl them deliberately at a church while people are worshipping there? And have it all captured on video? No hate crime there.

This is California.

According to KCAL 9 News, the Archangel Michael Coptic Church in Santa Ana, Calif. was the target of rock-throwers during an outdoor service in August and then again by night in October, but police there have said “there is no indication that these two separate incidents are hate crimes.”

In contrast, when David Nelson and Nicole Anderson on July 4 painted over a “Black Lives Matter” message in Martinez, Calif. that other residents had gotten a permit to paint on a public street, they were charged with violation of civil rights, vandalism, and possession of tools to commit vandalism or graffiti.

They destroyed no property, caused no monetary loss, used no dangerous force or projectiles, and put no one in danger.

Santa Ana police are looking for the two men caught on camera throwing the rocks at the church – including during a Sunday morning service. The vandals shattered the church’s doors and a window. In the August incident the church’s surveillance camera captured the masked suspect stopping on the south side of the church, picking several objects and throwing them at the church’s glass doors before fleeing.

“Our detectives have looked into this; they believe these are two separate individuals,” said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna. “Nothing was taken, there was no writing of hate content written on the church or anywhere near the church, so at this point they just believe these individuals were trying to do damage.”


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