Woman vandalizes signs for DA candidate Brooks, County Commissioner candidate Besley

Brooks' opponent, Coty Wamp, says "People should stop stealing signs and find better things to do with their time"

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Friday was a crime-filled day for police. Two political candidates in Hamilton County were victims of their signs being vandalized in broad daylight in the middle of downtown.

Friday afternoon at close to noon, a woman is seen taking down a sign for district attorney candidate John Allen Brooks.

Prior to that, she did the same to a sign for County Commissioner candidate for District 11, Montrell Besley.

Besley posted this and other videos of the incident on his Facebook and candidate page.

He feels that the current political climate has led to a loss of civility.

Besley: “It has really just brought people out to just lose their minds. You know, I’m Montrell. I’m going to be me all day, every day. And I’m going to fight for the community. I’m going to stand in the gap for those that can’t stand up. And I’m going to serve my community. I think that really scares people. That you’re actually going to have a County Commissioner that’s going to get up there and actually serve the people. Actually serve the community and actually serve our young people.”

Besley believes the woman must live in the area because there are other signs on the same median that she didn’t touch.

“I think she’s just been misguided. She has not taken the time out to get to know the person whose signs that she’s clipping down. Or she could just be angry at herself and mad at herself for her shortcomings. I don’t know, but it’s going to stop today. This will be the last person for stealing signs and clipping signs down and doing just a lot of vandalism.”

This isn’t the first time Brooks’ signs have been vandalized. Former mayoral candidate Larry Grohn was wanted by police earlier this month for also taking down one of Brooks’ signs.

Other political candidates in both parties have complained of their signs being taken down by vandals.

Even Brooks’ opponent in the race, Coty Wamp, told me “People should stop stealing signs and find better things to do with their time.”

Besley agrees.

“The only way we can grow our city and grow our county is by working together, and that is not working together. Let’s run clean races. Let’s do what we’re supposed to do, and let’s take care of the people of the community. Let’s take care of our community, and let’s take care of our homeless. Let’s take care of our young people that is severely being discounted.”

The amount of money it takes to make the sign and have it put up will be the difference between whether this is a misdemeanor or a felony, according to Major Jerri Sutton of the Chattanooga Police Department.

Anyone with information on this woman is asked to call the Chattanooga Police Department.

You don’t have to give your name.

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