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FBI Joins Probe Into Anti-Black Graffiti On Church

MOUNT CLEMENS (WWJ/AP) - A racial slur spray painted on a sign in front of Mount Clemens church is now being investigated by the FBI.

Police say the vandalism happened Tuesday afternoon at Divine Restoration Ministries, which was serving as an Election Day polling place. Black spray paint spelled out the N-word, followed by the word "babies" on the brick work of the church's sign.

Bishop-Elect James Richard Evans Sr. has said he believes the graffiti attack was made because of the election.

Ruthie Stevenson, President of the Macomb County NAACP chapter told the Macomb Daily similar incidents have taken place in Eastpointe, Chesterfield Township and Roseville in recent years.

FBI Special Agent Jeffrey Eberle spoke to a crowd of about 100 people at a special meeting on racial equality held at the church on Thursday night. He said federal agents are working with the Macomb County Sheriff's Department to help solve the case.

"No matter if it was some knucklehead or something worse, we take it very seriously," he said.

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