Police say a Philadelphia assistant city solicitor was involved in anti-Donald Trump graffiti that was spray-painted on a grocery store in the Chestnut Hill section of Philly.
On Nov. 25 at 12:10 a.m. two men were captured on surveillance video vandalizing the Fresh Market at 8200 Germantown Avenue. The video shows one of the men spray-painting the words ‘F*** Trump’ on the building while the other appears to take pictures or video. One of the men in the surveillance video also holds a glass of wine.
The two men then left the area on foot on Germantown Avenue. Investigators say the estimated damage the vandalism caused is between $3,000 and $10,000.
Police say Duncan Lloyd, an assistant city solicitor in the city of Philadelphia Law Department, is one of the men in the video though they have not yet confirmed whether he was the man who spray-painted the building or the man who recorded the vandalism.
“We received a variety of tips,” said Northwest Detectives Captain Malachi Jones. “We’re talking to a variety of people and trying to bring this thing to rest.”
Craig Straw, the First Deputy City Solicitor, told NBC10 the Law Department is aware of what their employee is accused of doing.
“To my knowledge, Mr. Lloyd has already contacted the Philadelphia police and is cooperating with them,” Straw wrote in a statement. “We will decide on a course of action once we obtain more information about the investigation. We do not condone this type of behavior from our employees.”
Joe DeFelice, the chairman of the Philadelphia Republican Party, said that Lloyd should be fired for his actions.
“If the image of an upper-middle class city attorney clad in a blazer and sipping wine while vandalizing an upscale grocery store with an anti-Trump message strikes you as perhaps the most bourgeois sight imaginable, that’s because it is,” DeFelice wrote. “Nothing can better represent the hysterical pearl-clutching of the 'progressive' elite in response to this earth-shattering election, when residents of Chestnut Hill and similar neighborhoods across the country discovered – gasp – that other people have a voice too. The assistant city solicitor in question had ostensibly taken the law into his own hands, since a democratic election didn’t yield his preferred outcome.”
“For somebody with extensive legal training to feel entitled to vandalize a newly opened super-market strikes us at the Philadelphia Republican Party as an astonishing feat of idiocy. Did the extra glass of Shiraz give him some sort of delusional confidence that there are no cameras on Germantown Ave? The taxpayers should be entrusting exactly none of our faith into this man. He should be fired from our city’s law department immediately.”
Police continue to investigate the incident. If you have any information, please call the Northwest Detective Division at 215-686-3353/3354.