DEARBORN, Mich. (WXYZ) — A spokesperson for Congresswoman Debbie Dingell confirms that her Dearborn office was broken into and vandalized.
Dingell's spokesperson, Mackenzie Smith, released the following statement regarding the incident.
“Today, Congresswoman Dingell’s Dearborn office was broken into and vandalized. The Dearborn Police Department responded immediately after notification, and the United States Capitol Police are assisting in the investigation. Team Dingell staff members are safe and were not physically present in the office today given a previous fire in the building. The Dearborn office at 19855 W Outer Drive will remain physically closed as the investigation continues.”
Dingell released a statement, saying the motive is unclear but the division in this country needs to stop. She also said her "office has been receieveing threats for months."
“I’m deeply concerned about the break-in and vandalization of my Dearborn office today. Our door and windows were smashed and memorabilia – especially John’s items – was broken. Thankfully, my staff and I are safe and no one was hurt, but we must also recognize the impact attacks like this one and constant threats have had on my staff and all Congressional staff. This needs to stop now.
“The motive for today’s incident is unclear, but what I can tell you is that the disrespect, violence, and division need to end in this country. We need to practice civility and kindness, not divisiveness and anger.
“My office has been receiving threats for months and we take them very seriously. This vandalization really hits home. Regardless of if your views differ from mine or from your neighbor’s, we need to learn to hear each other out and work together to solve the issues facing our nation. Violence and vandalism aren’t the answer.
“I am grateful for the Dearborn Police and United States Capitol Police who keep us safe. We are working with them to identify who is responsible and hold them accountable for their actions. In the meantime, please be safe and please spread a little kindness.”