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VIPD COMMISSIONER RICHARDS TO PUBLIC: Don’t Mess With Political Signs, It Is A Criminal Offense

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CRACKDOWN ON VANDALISM: Richards

FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) says it will be on the lookout for citizens vandalizing or removing political signs.

The election season is coming up at the beginning of next month and the VIPD said that it has noticed signs being purposely damaged or cut off of the wooden frames that support them.

Police Commissioner Delroy Richards Sr. said that police “will enforce the Law to the fullest extent of these malicious acts” for those who tamper with political signs.”

“Vandalism is ‘action involving deliberate destruction of property, Defacing, Damaging and, Graffiti.” Richards said. “The various candidates and their supporters have a Constitutional right to voice their opinion and destroying signs is a violation of this right.”

Richards urges people who see vandalism of signs taking place to call police immediately citizens to report theft or vandalism of political signs or any other signs and banners on St. Thomas at (340) 774 2211 and on St. Croix (340) 778 2211 or to call 911.

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VANDALIZED! Campaign signs on St. Croix.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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