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Posted on: June 21, 2022

[ARCHIVED] STATEMENT – COUNCIL CHAIR CALVIN S. HAWKINS, II, CONDEMNS HATE INCIDENT AT COUNTY LIBRARIES

The Prince George’s County Council condemns last week’s shocking and disgusting hate speech incidents targeting the County’s LGBTQ+ community and defacing the Greenbelt and New Carrollton branches of the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System. 

A recent study of the continued rise in acts of hate violence against LGBTQ people across our nation, particularly targeted attacks occurring during Pride Month, indicates these are not isolated incidents.   

In Prince George’s County, our diversity is our strength.  United against every form of hate and violence, this Council stands in solidarity with our LGBTQ+ community and commends our County’s library system for continuing to host its important series of Pride events during the month of June. 

We also applaud the Prince George's County Police Department for making a prompt arrest in the case and encourage anyone with information to contact the police at (301) 699-2601.

Our message is clear for those who seek to divide us – such conduct will not be tolerated in our communities.

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