A Philadelphia city attorney was caught on tape using his mobile phone to record as a second man spray-painted “F*ck Trump” on the wall of a Chestnut Hill business, causing up to $10,000 in damage last weekend.
Duncan Lloyd, an assistant city solicitor, appears on the camera footage casually carrying a glass of wine in his hand throughout the act.
Philadelphia police said there have not yet been arrests or charges filed in relation to the vandalism, and the investigation is ongoing.
A spokeswoman for Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney confirmed Lloyd is cooperating with police. “We’re still waiting to hear what the charges will be and what his role is,” she said. “Once we know more, we’ll decide what the next step will be.”
Joe DeFelice, chair of the Philadelphia Republican City Committee, condemned the mayor’s office for its lack of a response thus far, adding that the graffiti may violate the city workers’ restrictions on political activity.
“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 said in an emailed statement. “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.”
DeFelice said he believes the vandalism was “likely a targeted attack, not random.”
The property is owned by 8200 LLC, a subsidiary of Bowman Properties, whose president is Richard Snowden. Though Snowden did not donate to the Trump campaign, he has given to other Republican candidates, according to Federal Election Commission records. He also provided office space for the Romney campaign in 2012.
Snowden wouldn’t say whether he believed his property had been deliberately targeted.
“Because there is an ongoing police investigation into this matter, I am not going to comment other than to say that this is a really sad situation for our community, the families of these two young men (who are neighbors) and the individuals themselves,” Snowden tells Heat Street. “Having spent 35 years—my entire working life—trying to improve Northwest Philadelphia, the thought of purposefully damaging our neighborhood in this manner is heartbreaking.”
By deadline, Lloyd did not respond to Heat Street’s request for comment, sent by social media and to his official city account.