Black Lives Matter sign damaged on York church property

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

Someone vandalized a Black Lives Matter banner at a York City Church on Thursday, but a local attorney said it was fixed the next day.

On Friday, June 29, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York reported on Facebook that someone damaged their sign between noon and 7:45 p.m. Thursday.

This Black Lives Matter sign, erected in front of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York along South George Street in York City, was vandalized on June 28, 2018.

The banner wasn't damaged, but the poles holding it up were flattened, according to the Facebook post.

The church, located at 925 S. George St., reported the vandalism to the York City Police Department, according to the post.

On Friday afternoon, local attorney Joe Gothie reported in a comment to the Facebook post that the damage had been repaired.

"The sign is back up," he wrote. "I went down with some T posts, a maul, and some wire and it was already back up."

'Ridiculous': Gothie noted that whether people agree with the message or not, vandalizing someone else's property is unacceptable.

"And come on ... they're Unitarians, for crying out loud," he wrote. "It's like being mean to a puppy."

Gothie told The York Dispatch on Friday that he's a Republican and a Quaker. He said those who disagree with the message should do something productive rather than hostile.

This Black Lives Matter sign on the lawn of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York was vandalized on June 28, 2018, but was fixed the next day.

"I just thought it was ridiculous, and I had a couple hours," he said, but by the time he got to the church the sign had already been put back up.

A call to the church was not returned Friday.

Anyone with information on who vandalized the sign can text "Yorktips" and their information to 847-411. That is the anonymous texting service used by York City Police.

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