Anti-LGBT Dallas mayoral candidate charged with painting ‘666’ on city landmarks
A perennial candidate for Dallas mayor was arrested on vandalism charges after police said he painted “666” on several city landmarks.
Investigators said they suspected Richard Sheridan all along in the June vandalism spree, which defaced the Legacy of Love Monument at Cedar Springs and Oak Lawn, the Cathedral of Hope near Dallas Love Field, Dallas City Hall and The Dallas Morning News.
Sheridan was indicted on charges related to vandalisms at the Legacy of Love Monument and the Cathedral of Hope, but police said he has not been charged in the 10 other cases at this time, reported the Morning News.
Police said in August that Sheridan was the only person questioned in the case, and he said he knew who had painted the graffiti and that he agreed with the message.
“(It is) not a hate crime (but) an act of love — and a warning,” Sheridan said last year.
Sheridan hands out anti-LGBT pamphlets near City Hall, and he claimed in an open letter to police that “there are some in the Gay community, the rabid faction, that wants vengence [sic], wants a ‘scalp’, wants to hang him out to dry, wants to send a message across Dallas and the Nation that (if they get their way) this is what will happen to anyone who dares to call out the immorality of the Gay lifestyle, to reference the Bible in saying that the Gay community is violating Gods laws.”
The vandalism charges against Sheridan are a state felony, but they could be upgraded to third-degree felony if prosecutors can prove he chose the targets due to their “significance to the LGBT community.”