Incident Summary:

07/30/2020: An assailant set fire to a trash can behind The Way Church in Berkeley, California, United States. There were no reported casualties, but a church wall was damaged. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources noted that the attack occurred after a Black Lives Matter banner was hung at the church.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity The Way Church
Specific Description Church
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Someone set fire to Berkeley church after members put up Black Lives Manner banner," KTVU, July 30, 2020.
"Arson Suspected In Trash Fire Set Outside Berkeley Church Displaying Black Lives Matter Banner," CBS San Francisco, July 30, 2020.
"Arsonist sets fire outside church of prominent Black pastor in Berkeley," The San Francisco Chronicle, July 30, 2020.