Denver, CO, April 3, 2019 … The Anti-Defamation League Mountain States Region, responding to reports of vandalism at Church in the City-Beth Abraham in Denver, condemned the incidents and applauded law enforcement for investigating the incidents as possible hate crimes.
According to the Denver Police Department, two swastikas were spray painted Tuesday on the exterior of the building at 1580 Gaylord Street. Police responded Wednesday morning to reports of an individual causing physical damage to the interior of the building. Police arrested the individual and have charged the suspect with criminal mischief, assault on an officer and a bias-motivated crime. The incidents remain under investigation, including whether the two cases of vandalism are connected.
ADL Mountain States Regional Director Scott Levin issued the following statement:
We are deeply saddened by the vandalism at Church in the City-Beth Abraham. All people deserve to worship in peace and safety, free from any attempt to intimidate them or prevent them from practicing their faith. We commend the Denver Police Department for investigating the incidents as potential hate crimes.
The building that houses Church in the City-Beth Abraham was originally constructed as a synagogue in the early 20th century.