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Posted on: May 27, 2022

Mayor McClure denounces graffiti action at Pitts Chapel

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Springfield Mayor Ken McClure denounces the action taken defacing the south side exterior of Pitts Chapel United Methodist Church with a symbol of hate, a swastika.

“There is no room in our community for this kind of deplorable action and we will not stand for it. I commend NAACP and Pitts Chapel for hosting a news conference today to make the public aware of this and hope that Springfieldians will tune into the live stream on the Pitts Chapel United Methodist Church Facebook page. I also commend the Police Department and Parks Department for quick action in response.”

The Springfield Police Department is investigating the incident as a possible hate crime. If anyone has any information about this incident, please contact SPD at 417-864-1810.

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For more information, contact Cora Scott, Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement, at 417-380-3352 or [email protected]

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