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Rep. Ullman condemns message spray-painted at office

Authorities are investigating the spray-painting of a “profane message” that “appears to disparage police and references the Black Lives Matter movement.”

The message was spray-painted over the weekend on an outside wall of a building containing the local district office of state Rep. Wendy Ullman (D-143).

The Plumstead Township Police Department, with the support of the Bucks County District Attorney’s office, is investigating the “apparent vandalism,” the Bucks County District Attorney’s office said. Reported Sunday morning, the message was visible from Route 611.
Ullman Monday issued a statement condemning the “hateful message against police.”

“This anti-police and misogynistic act of vandalism is an offense to our entire community and what it stands for,” Ullman said. “I’m proud of how our residents and the police have come together to push for greater equality in our community. We’re not going be intimidated by such vile acts.

“Let me be clear to the perpetrators of this obscene crime: Hate has no place here, and I remain firmly committed to pursuing legislative solutions to elevate our society on its highest ideals, as we did with bipartisan police-reform legislation recently passed the House.”
Bucks County District Attorney Matthew D. Weintraub called the message “hate speech.”

“Whether it targets the Black Lives Matter Movement, or the police, is immaterial. This conduct is disgraceful, inciteful, and criminal,” Weintraub said. “Hopefully, we will catch this vandal, and then we will prosecute the guilty party to the fullest extent of the law.”

State Sen. Steve Santarsiero (D-10) echoed Ullman’s sentiments.
“Acts of hate have no place in our community,” he said. “While the police investigation of this incident moves forward, all of us need to commit ourselves to a civil discourse that lifts all people up and finds solutions to the problems that confront us.

“In the last few weeks in Harrisburg we did just that by passing important criminal justice reform legislation on a bipartisan basis. No act of vandalism or hate will deter us from that work.”
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Plumstead Township Police Department at 215-766-8740.


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