Report: Substance found on Lamar mayor's cars appears to be pollen, not spray paint

    Lamar Police Department (WPDE)

    An incident report from Lamar police said a substance found two weeks ago on two cars belonging to Lamar Mayor Darnell Byrd-McPherson has a yellowish tint to it and that it's a type of powder similar to pollen.

    Byrd-McPherson said someone came onto her property back on Feb. 7 and vandalized her cars. She initially said the incident may be that of a hate crime.

    Byrd-McPherson said Wednesday the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) was unable to make a determination of the substance because no sample was taken by the Lamar Police Department.

    She released the following statement back on Feb. 7 about the incident:

    The incident happened last night. Even though I drove my car today, I thought it was pollen. My husband and our neighbor noticed the cars looked like someone had spray painted on both our vehicles, which were parked in our front yard.
    As an aside, during the 70s, crosses were burned in the yard of our home when my Mother was involved with the civil rights movement. On this very same corner in this very same front yard!
    Again, we are grateful the person or persons did not try to take our lives but the culprits will be identified and prosecuted.
    Love conquers hate and my husband and I refuse to be intimidated by those who perpetrated this act of vandalism which I classify as an act of hatred.

    It is still not known if the investigation is ongoing.

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