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Mayor Sarno Issues Statement on Hateful Defacement done to Canaan Baptist Church of Christ Signage and Offers Assistance

Springfield, MA – Mayor Domenic J. Sarno is sickened and saddened by the news of the hateful defacement done to the signage at Canaan Baptist Church of Christ and offers assistance to Pastor Rev. Dr. W.C. Watson, Jr.


Mayor Sarno stated, “Absolutely, just plain terrible.  What is wrong with our society to deface a House of Worship!  I have spoken to Rev. Dr. W.C. Watson of Canaan Baptist Church to offer my and our city assistance to clean up this desecration.  I have also directed Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood to pursue an investigation and review of area video camera systems to catch the culprit(s).  Again, I denounce these actions and a message must be sent that the individual(s) who committed this most hateful crime, that this will not be tolerated and justice must be served.  This is a most critical time in our city and country, where we have all been working so hard to unite and not divide.”