No Charges Against Philadelphia City Attorney in Anti-Trump Vandalism

Officials in Philadelphia say a city attorney identified in surveillance footage that captured an anti-Donald Trump vandalism incident will not be charged and will keep his job.

First Deputy City Solicitor Craig Straw told the Philadelphia Inquirer on Saturday that prosecutors had informed his office that police didn't submit a warrant requesting charges against 32-year-old Duncan Lloyd. He said Lloyd, who has been on a two-week leave without pay, will complete 40 hours of community service.

Authorities said the footage captured Lloyd, holding a glass of wine, filming or taking photos Nov. 25 as another man spray painted the words 'F*** Trump' on the wall of the Fresh Market grocery store on 8200 Germantown Avenue.

City inspector general Amy Kurland said the "punitive measures of unpaid leave and community service'' were appropriate.

Joe DeFelice, the chairman of the Philadelphia Republican Party, said that Lloyd should be fired for his actions.

“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," DeFelice wrote. "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.”

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