Kenney takes ‘wait and see’ approach to city lawyer accused of participating in hate speech


A Philadelphia city solicitor could be charged with spray-painting a store  in Chestnut Hill with profanity criticizing the president-elect.  

Mayor Jim Kenney said he is taking a “wait and see” attitude over the incident.

Duncan Lloyd, an attorney in the city solicitor’s office, has been identified as the wine-carrying, ascot-wearing man in a video filmed just before anti-Donald Trump graffiti was spray-painted on the grocery store. 

Kenney said that is intolerable.

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“it’s disheartening … but people are human beings, they make mistakes,” he said Thursday. “It’s a dumb mistake, I don’t know what else to say about it.  It’s hateful graffiti, hateful graffiti is never acceptable.”

Joe DeFelice, chairman of the Philadelphia Republican Party, wants the city to take action.

“Whether or not he was doing the graffiti, he was there as an accessory,” DeFelice said. “It appears this a conspiracy here, so he’s just as liable for doing the graffiti.”

Kenney said Lloyd has turned himself into police and is cooperating in the investigation.

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