PORTLAND, Maine — Police released video footage Tuesday afternoon of an individual apparently spray painting the side of the Portland Halaal Market in what’s been classified as a hate crime.

The anti-Muslim graffiti, which reportedly used a derogatory phrase aimed at Allah, was discovered by market employees when they opened the store around 9 a.m. Sunday, Portland police said.

Since the vandalism, a number of high-profile Portland figures have publicly stated their condemnation of the crime, including Mayor Michael Brennan and the leaders of the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine.

The surveillance video, apparently captured around 5 a.m. Sunday, shows what appears to be a white male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and jeans approaching the side the building, glancing around nervously, then spray painting something on the market’s exterior.

The camera angle doesn’t show what the individual spray painted, and the reportedly derogatory phrase was removed soon after it was discovered Sunday.

The suspect pauses several times while spray painting to look over his shoulder, seemingly to make sure nobody is coming. No cars or other pedestrians pass during the 38-second video.

When the individual finishes the graffiti, he appears to drop something on the street, then stops to pick it up before walking out of the shot.

Seth Koenig

Seth has nearly a decade of professional journalism experience and writes about the greater Portland region.