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Detectives investigate after sign vandalized outside Boynton Beach mosque

By Amanda Batchelor, For Local 10 News, On 02 November 2016, Read Original
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BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is investigating after someone spray-painted a sign outside of a mosque in Boynton Beach.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations in Florida issued a news release Wednesday, saying that the vandalism was captured on surveillance cameras at the Al Amin Islamic Center.

CAIR officials said the video shows a car pulling up to the mosque about 12:40 a.m. Someone got out of the car, approached the entrance sign and wrote "(expletive) Islam" and "(expletive) ISIS" with spray paint.

"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," CAIR-Florida spokesman Wilfredo Amr Ruiz said in a statement. "The hate speech and rhetoric that has come along this presidential campaign is fueling these type of crimes that endanger not only the Muslim community but the Florida community in general."

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident, and federal law enforcement authorities have also been notified.