ORIGINAL: The sledgehammering of Philadelphia’s rainbow crosswalks isn’t as awful as was initially reported by several media outlets, and, according to Philadelphia Police, it wasn’t vandalism, but rather the water department performing utility work.
Several reports indicated that two men were seen using a sledgehammer on a portion of the rainbow intersection at 13th and Locust at approximately 10:25 PM on Monday evening. However, it wasn’t an attack on the crosswalks, as was initially speculated and feared.
We spoke with Officer Palmiero of the Philadelphia Police Department just minutes ago who informed us that it was the “water department on location working.” In short, it was standard utility work.
The rainbow crosswalks were installed during the summer of 2015 and were featured during the city’s 50th anniversary of the LGBT Annual Reminders protest.
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