Duncan Lloyd, a Philadelphia city attorney who sipped wineas his friend spray-painted a message against President-elect Donald Trump, will not face charges and is keeping his job, authorities said.
Lloyd, an assistant city solicitor, was captured on surveillance footage on Nov. 25 with a friend, who wrote “F— Trump” on the wall of a Chestnut Hill Fresh Market grocery store. The friend who spray-painted the message has not been identified. Lloyd, 32, didn’t spray-paint anything, but was seen holding his phone up, as though he was taking photos or recording video.
Philadelphia police have estimated the damage to be between $3,000 and $10,000.
First Deputy City Solicitor of the Philadelphia Law Department Craig Straw told the Philadelphia InquirerSaturday that Lloyd will not face charges, but must complete 40 hours of community service with the city’s Community Life Improvement Program’s Graffiti Abatement Team. Lloyd has been on an unpaid leave since the incident.
“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,”Straw said in a statement.
But the city’s Republican Party disagrees. Joe DeFelice, chairman of the Philadelphia GOP, told NBC10 he thinks Lloyd should be fired.
“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,” DeFelicetold the news station. “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.”
In a previous statement, DeFelicecalled the incident “the most bourgeois sight imaginable,” calling out Lloyd’s prep-school outfit — a navy blazer and chinos — during the vandalism.
Lloyd received an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, same as the president-elect. According to his LinkedIn profile, he’s a Temple University law school graduate, and has worked for the city’s Law Department since 2011.
Lloyd turned himself in to police and has been cooperating with authorities.