Diocesan News

NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force Investigating Vandalism Incident at CCBQ Headquarters 

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is asking for the public’s help identifying the suspect, above, who vandalized Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens in Brooklyn Heights, June 15. (Photo: NYPD Crime Stoppers)

By Tablet Staff

PROSPECT HEIGHTS — After a vandal wrote “All Catholics are rapists” in black marker outside the Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens’ headquarters in Brooklyn Heights, the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect.

The incident occured the morning of June 15 in front of 191 Joralemon Street, just after 5 a.m. The individual fled northbound on Court Street.


Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit tips online https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org

This comes on the heels of an increasing number of attacks and vandalizations at Catholic churches and pro-life centers across the country. Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore pleaded for peace in light of recent attacks on pro-life pregnancy centers in the United States.

“For two years now, Catholic churches have been attacked and vandalized at an alarming rate. In July of 2020, we strained to understand this violence,” Cardinal Dolan and Archbishop Lori noted in their statement.

The U.S. bishops, in May 2020, started tracking violence directed against Catholic churches. The number of such attacks hit the 100 mark last October.

This story will be updated.