Less than 24 hours after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe V. Wade Friday morning, June 24, vandalism and threats took place at the Vermont State House in apparent protest to the decision.
Some opponents of the decision promised a national “Night of Rage.” Until the investigation is complete, the motives of the vandals will not be known, police say.
State House Capitol Police Chief Matthew Romei describes the abortion-related vandalism that occurred Saturday morning following Friday’s SCOTUS decision to overturn Roe V. Wade.
Capitol Police say that shortly after two a.m. this morning, an unknown person or persons vandalized the Vermont State House, breaking seven windows on the ground floor across the front of the building. Additionally, “if abortions aren’t safe you’re not either” was spray painted on the front portico of the State House.
Damage is estimated in excess of $25,000. The Vermont State House was expected to open today beginning the Summer Tour Schedule. However, the State House remained closed to facilitate emergency repairs and clean up. The State House reopened Monday morning at 7:45 a.m. on the normal schedule.