A Catholic church in Connecticut was vandalized with “Abolish ICE” graffiti over the weekend and police are looking for leads on the culprit or culprits.
The vandalism at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Brookfield was discovered early Sunday morning and is believed to have been done on Saturday evening.
“The parochial vicar was awakened around 6 o’clock Sunday morning by the Brookfield police ringing the doorbell at our rectory. That was when we first found out about it,” Deacon Peter Kuhn told the News Times. “We have some cameras by the school, but nothing that I’ve heard indicates there’s any concrete evidence yet [as to who vandalized the church].”
Catholic churches often provide sanctuary for people who are facing deportation, but Saint Joseph’s has not. Still, the Deacon does not believe the message was aimed at the church itself.
“It’s kind of like a great space for a billboard, and I think someone took advantage of that space,” Kuhn said.
Workers reportedly spent several hours scrubbing the paint off the building.
Anyone with information about who is responsible for the vandalism is being asked to contact Brookfield police at 203-775-2575.