(NEXSTAR) – Election season has taken a turn for the worse in a southeastern Pennsylvania county after police say razor blades affixed to campaign signs injured at least one person.
“In recent election cycles, we have dealt with sign theft, sign vandalism, neighbor disputes, etc. but this is the first time we have dealt with this situation,” the township police department wrote. of Upper Makefield in a press release. . “What happened here is completely unacceptable and a disgusting act for which a resident ended up cutting off his fingers.”
The injury occurred when a resident attempted to remove a sign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro that had been placed without permission, police said Sunday.
The blades, which were attached “around the perimeter of the panel”, were “designed to punish anyone who attempted to remove the panel”, police said. They shared images of the panels on Facebook on Sunday.
Blades were also found affixed to the signs of two other Democratic candidates, House candidate Ashley Ehasz and Senate candidate John Fetterman.
Police are urging residents to inspect any sign posted on their property without permission. As of Monday evening, the police had not announced an arrest in this case and were continuing to investigate.
“No matter your political affiliation, no matter your candidate preference, resorting to this type of depravity is unacceptable and criminal,” Upper Makefield Township police officials said. “We can do better and we must.”
This is not the first time that police have discovered political campaign placards booby-trapped with razor blades. A 52-year-old building inspector needed stitches after police said a Trump 2020 sign with several razors stuck to the bottom severed the worker’s fingers.
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