Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church The Home of Dr. Martin Luther King has been under attack by Two White Men Caught on Camera leaving behind Confederate Flags
|4 Confederate flags left at Ebenezer Baptist Church, MLK Visitor Center|
|Rev. Raphael Warnock and Atlanta|
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Rev. Raphael Warnock, the church's senior pastor, called the act a "terroristic threat."
As investigators worked to identify the men and their motive, church and civic leaders decried the act as terrorism
"It is a hateful act," I view it as an effort to intimidate us in some way, and we will not be intimidated."
Around 6 a.m. Thursday, a maintenance man spotted the four flags and notified a federal park ranger who then called police. Local and federal investigators were dispatched to the Auburn Avenue sites, where the flags were removed and taken as evidence.
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Ebenezer Baptist Church
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Warnock labeled the perpetrators "cowardly and misguided" and the act "provocative."
"This is the same as a swastika on the campus of a Jewish temple," Warnock said. "This is an act of domestic terrorism."
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The church is part of a national park, The King Center, making the possibility of federal hate crime or terrorism charges greater, if the DOJ determines it to be so.