MCPO & Morristown Police Investigating Vandalism to Church Sign

Published on May 23, 2023

Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Chief of Detectives Robert M. McNally and Morristown Chief Darnell Richardson announce an investigation into vandalism to the sign of Church of the Redeemer in Morristown. The sign was located in close proximity to a series of rainbow flags, set up outside of the church the evening prior.


A member of the church personnel observed the damage to the sign on the morning of May 20, 2023. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office will determine if this is a bias-based incident.  The investigation is active and ongoing.


Members of the Morristown Police Department and Morris County Prosecutor’s Office met with Rev. Cynthia Black, Rector from the Church of the Redeemer, on May 23 to discuss the investigation, and proactive measures to reassure parishioners.


Prosecutor Carroll said, “It is unfortunate that someone would damage the sign of a church whose congregation has done so much for this community. Our office intends to fully investigate whether or not this was an act of bias conduct. I thank Chief Richardson and Rev. Black for meeting with my office. Law enforcement wants to send the strong message that we are taking this matter seriously, and that bias based conduct and vandalism will not be tolerated.”


If anyone has any information related to this investigation, they are encouraged to call the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200 or the Morristown Police Department at 973-538-2200.


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