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|APD: No indication of 'bias crime' at Church break-in|
|by Ryan Watkins|
|June 11, 2012 15:32|
Gay-favorite Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium — known better as Church — was vandalized over the weekend, according to a report filed by the Atlanta Police Department.
According to the police report, the Edgewood Avenue bar, where lesbian DJ Vicki Powell holds regular patio parties throughout the year, was broken into sometime around 5:20 a.m. Saturday morning. Some $3,000 worth of damage was done to the bar, including several broken windows, dozens of busted liquor bottles and drained beer taps.
APD spokesperson Carlos Campos declined to offer any information on the status of the investigation, other than to say it was ongoing, but did say that investigators did not see any indication of a bias crime.
The establishment's owner Grant Henry, however, told police on the morning of the break-in that he felt his bar was the target of a hate crime because of the bar's religiously-themed motif interior.
Speaking to Atlanta Magazine, Henry said:
The investigative unit came in and did what they do. Then they came out and said that it is clearly a hate crime. Because they didn’t steal anything, they took nothing, they left things of value, and they only targeted the word church and they targeted the booze behind the bar, you know, on the altar.
Nothing was stolen from the bar, according to the police report.
Top Photo: Interior of Louisa's Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium (by Dyana Bagby)
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