Capitol Police looking for person responsible for Statehouse vandalism
MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - Capitol Police are investigating after the Statehouse in Montpelier was vandalized in an apparent reaction to abortion rights.
“They’re estimating an excess of $25,000 of repairs,” Vermont Capitol Police Chief Matthew Romei said. “It was a lot of damage. Seven windows have been broken, that go into the Senate committee rooms and then there was a message spray-painted on the front portico right outside of the front doors.”
The vandalism came in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade, which removed the constitutional right to abortion. But members of law enforcement say they believe the demonstration was unnecessary.
“The opinion that was released Friday changed nothing in the state of Vermont and I’m really disappointed that someone did this kind of damage,” Romei said.
People visiting the Statehouse shared a similar sentiment.
“It’s kind of disheartening to see a little bit because Vermont has one of the most progressive governments out here and Roe v. Wade was personally a pretty tremendous decision and it has a lot of consequences but it’s not Vermont that’s doing it. If anything, they should direct it toward the federal government instead and not the Statehouse,” said Shing Lin, a visitor from Syracuse.
But some also believe they see the message the vandals were attempting to portray.
“I’m sure the people who did it have their reasons and passions trying to speak out... it’s sad to see but I guess the silver lining is that at least you can tell people care,” said Willy Chen, another Statehouse visitor.
But when it comes to the exact reasoning behind the vandalism, police say the only answer they’ve been able to come up with so far is anger.
“I guess when it comes down to it people are angry, and it isn’t just over this topic, we see that in the undercurrent right now in society. People are angry and they’re angry about a variety of things and this just happened to be the topic of the day,” Romei said.
Police say they have not yet identified the people responsible for the vandalism, but have released the following photo:
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