Whodunnit: Philly police release video of suspect wanted for spray-painting racial slurs

Whodunnit: Philly police release video of suspect wanted for spray-painting racial slurs
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Two weeks ago, a mural in North Philadelphia depicting Cecil B. Moore was defaced with graffiti. Moore is one of the city’s most best-known and most revered civil rights leaders. Understandably residents were furious, all the more so because the thoughtless and hate-filled act was carried out in the middle of Black History Month.

According to CBS Philly:

The vandalism included the F-word and the N-word and it was an eyesore on the corner of Bouvier and Jefferson Streets on Saturday morning after someone defaced the 25-year-old mural overnight.

Chris Jackson, a resident of the neighborhood, is quoted as saying:

I don’t know why they did that right there, what they did is crazy. I’m baffled, I’m applauded [sic]. The timing, it’s Black History Month. It’s a nice, black area. It’s just not adding up.

Within days, the mural had been restored, and police launched an investigation into the identity of the responsible party.

Yesterday, they released a surveillance video of the suspect, who is still at large.

A more recent article notes:

Police say he was also caught spray-painting slurs at Brightside Academy and Habitat for Humanity.

The suspect is described as a black male, between 25 to 35 years of age, with a medium build. He was wearing a black jacket, gray sweatshirt, blue jeans, brown shoes and carrying a black duffel bag.

LU Staff

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