Thursday, November 10, 2016

Wellsville Police Chief responds to 'alleged hate crime'

Photo courtesy of Wellsville Daily Reporter

The following statement was issued Thursday afternoon by Wellsville Police Chief Timothy O'Grady:
There has been a lot of media attention and public outrage concerning the graffiti incident which was reported yesterday in the Village of Wellsville.  First, I would like to set the record straight regarding the police department’s reported response.  This incident occurred on private property and was reported to the police by a local media outlet. Upon the officer’s response, the initial focus was to determine who owned the property so that we could establish a complainant. Once that was completed we worked with the property owners to ensure the graffiti would be promptly painted over. I would like to thank the volunteers who quickly responded to ensure that this was done.  The graffiti was certainly concerning, bias and racially charged but we have not developed a specific target. The Department is actively investigating the incident and will charge anyone responsible.There are no suspects at this time and we are asking that anyone who may have observed suspicious activity in that area during the overnight hours of Monday into Tuesday morning to please contact the police department at 585-593-5600.   At this time it appears that this is an isolated incident.  In no way does this act represent the sentiments of the Wellsville residents and it will not be condoned.  In my opinion the incident has received more media attention than it deserved, which is exactly what the vandal wanted.
Timothy J. O’Grady
Chief of Police
Wellsville Police Department
46 South Main Street
Wellsville, New York 14895
Editor's Note: Regional News did not post the original story, although media throughout Western New York did. RNN did not go with the story because that is exactly what the low-life culprit wanted - attention. We have posted this statement only because it was issued by the Chief for public consumption. We'll gladly post the arrest, when it is made. We offer no comment on those outlets that chose to go with the story-they did what they thought was best. At the time, we opted not to give credit to criminals.