Police Investigating Cross Burnings at SF Valley Church

 

The LAPD and LA Fire Dept. are investigating a possible hate crime at a church, the site of a cross burning in the San Fernando Valley.

The LAPD and LAFD are investigating a possible hate crime at a church, the site of a cross burning in the San Fernando Valley.

The LAPD and LAFD are investigating a possible hate crime at a church, the site of a cross burning in the San Fernando Valley. (Shutterstock)

The Los Angeles Police Department and Fire Department investigators were investigating a possible hate crime at a church, the site of a cross burning, in Sylmar today.

``Because it's at a church, on church property, it's something that we always try to rule out. So we notify our House of Worship Task Force, which consists of the LAFD, LAPD, ATF and FBI,'' Capt. Stephen Phillips of Los Angeles City Fire told CBS 2.

Officers responded to a report of three crosses set on fire at 5 a.m. on Thursday at the Sylmar Christian Fellowship Church located at 13901 Polk St.

One of the crosses was toppled over. Fire investigators said the crosses appear to have been doused in lighter fluid and set on fire.

``It's a shame people still want to do something like this,'' said Pastor Pierre Howard of the Sylmar Christian Fellowship Church.

 

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