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No Charges Against Philadelphia Attorney Investigated for Anti-Trump Graffiti

Prosecutors have declined to pursue charges against a lawyer for the city of Philadelphia suspected of helping to vandalize a grocery store with anti-Trump graffiti.

The assistant city solicitor investigated in connection with the Nov. 25 incident agreed to perform community service and will keep his job, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Duncan Lloyd, 32, was identified in surveillance footage that captured Lloyd and a second man walking along Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill on Nov. 25. In the footage, Lloyd is seen wearing a blue blazer and holding a glass of wine while appearing to film or take photos of a second man, who spray-paints “F- Trump” on the wall of a newly opened Fresh Market.

Craig Straw, first deputy city solicitor of the Philadelphia Law Department, said he learned Saturday that Lloyd would not be charged. He said Lloyd, who has been on a two-week leave without pay since the incident, will keep his job and complete 40 hours of community service.

“The District Attorney’s Office informed us that the Police Department did not submit a warrant to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office requesting Duncan Lloyd be charged with any crime,” Mr. Straw said in a statement released over the weekend.

“Even though Mr. Lloyd’s actions did not amount to criminal conduct, the Law Department feels that his actions were inappropriate and warrant additional disciplinary action beyond the suspension without pay,” Mr. Straw said.

Video of the incident was widely circulated, prompting local Republican officials to demand Mr. Loyd’s termination.

Mr. Lloyd agreed to work with the graffiti abatement team affiliated with the city’s Community Life Improvement Program for non-violent offenders.

Amy Kurland, the inspector general of Philadelphia, said in a statement that she is “comfortable with how this matter has been concluded.”

Law Blog has reached out to Mr. Lloyd for comment.

(via WSJ)