Man accused of spray-painting racist graffiti across Philadelphia

Police are searching for a suspect who they say spray-painted racial slurs across multiple locations in North Philadelphia.

The incidents occurred between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15.

The vandalized locations included the Cecil B. Moore mural on West Jefferson Street, Brightside Academy on North Van Pelt Street, and the Habitat for Humanity on North 19th Street.


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Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke responded to the recent incidents, calling the graffiti scrawled on the Cecil B. Moore mural "offensive and racist."

"Cecil B. Moore was a major leader in the civil rights movement in Philadelphia and a city councilman from North Philly," Clarke said, adding that the "signal of hate" will not be tolerated.

Police described the suspect as a black man between 25 and 35 years old with a medium build. He was seen wearing a black jacket, gray sweatshirt, blue jeans, brown shoes and carrying a black duffle bag.

No arrests have been made at this time. This is an ongoing investigation.

Tips can be submitted by calling 215-686-TIPS (8477) or texting PPD TIP (773847). Tips can also be submitted anonymously online. All tips are confidential.


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