By Lorenzo Riboni
Mount Lebanon Police are investigating vandalism that occurred overnight at Rep. Tim Murphy’s (PA-18) Mount Lebanon office.
Mount Lebanon Police told The Pitt Maverick the vandalism possibly happened overnight on Tuesday or early Wednesday morning. The vandals spray painted two different phrases on the building, including “FILTH!” on a wall adjacent to the entry doors and “ROT ROT” on the entry doors. The crime was committed directly across the street from the Mount Lebanon Police Department, lending itself to the possibility of being captured by municipal security devices or the police as they make community rounds throughout the night.
Rep. Murphy’s staff referred The Pitt Maverick to the Mount Lebanon police on Wednesday morning due to the pending investigation.
When asked whether the police in Mount Lebanon have ever had issues with politically charged vandalism or violence, Lt. Fisher of the Mount Lebanon Police Department said that in his 19 years with the department he cannot recall anything like this and that this type of crime is “relatively new for us, as far as happening at one of the representatives offices.”
Mondays with Murphy, a community activist group that gathers on Mondays to “ask Rep. Tim Murphy to address the concerns of his constituents”, released a statement on their Facebook page condemning the act.
“While our organization holds frequent rallies protesting Congressman Tim Murphy (PA-18)’s positions and votes, MWM has repeatedly and consistently called for non-violent and legal forms of dissent,” the post says.
“We condemn this act of vandalism and believe that such acts are counter-productive. Whoever did this was not acting on behalf of our group.”
The status of the investigation is still open and the police are looking for any information pertaining to the vandalism and will publicize any developments on the vandal’s description.
If you have information to report, contact the Mount Lebanon Police Department at (412) 343-4016.