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Strangled bird breaches mayor’s security

(Published May 31, 1999)


Staff Writer

A strangled bird found hanging in front of a window of the 11th floor offices of Mayor Anthony A. Williams May 23 appears to have been purposely placed there, ac-cording to police.

A protective services officer on routine patrol noticed the dead bird around 6 p.m. and went to investigate, said Sgt. Joe Gentile, spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department. The bird, a pigeon, was found strangled with what appeared to be fishing line, Gentile said.

"The bird was placed there purposely," Gentile said. "That is clear."

After learning of the incident, at least one supporter of the mayor voiced concern that security may have been breached at city hall.

Gentile declined to comment on whether security arrangements had been tightened at the mayor’s offices at 441 Fourth St. NW following the incident.

Peggy Armstrong, the mayor’s spokeswoman, said the security-related response to the "bizarre" incident was "within the range of normal" and that she was aware of no increased threat to the mayor’s safety.

The building is guarded by officers from a private firm, through a contract with the D.C. Office of Property Management.

An MPD investigation is underway, Gentile said.

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