MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The murals in the western Maplewood train station pedestrian tunnel behind the Clarus building were defaced today by graffiti. The Maplewood Public Works Department has already painted over the graffiti; the Maplewood Police Department did not share what was written on the tunnel walls.
Posters were also attached to the windows of the houses of Dickens Village, which carried messages saying “F--- the police” among other things; the DPW has removed those as well. Nothing was broken at Dickens Village, but “it was upsetting to find,” said Ellen Davenport, who coordinates the display for the Maplewood Village Alliance. Because damage was done to government property, penalties could be stronger for the perpetrators.
Additionally, a sign was hung at the tennis courts in Maplecrest Park — near the skate park and in back of the MPD station on Springfield Avenue — on which a police car labeled "MPD" set aflame was drawn with the hammer and sickle symbol in the corners. It is unknown if the two locations were coordinated acts of vandalism.
“The situation is under investigation,” said MDP Chief James DeVaul. He said the MPD is reviewing the footage from security cameras in the two areas. “When more is known, we will update the community.”
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