Susan Collins, Republican Senator from Maine, decided to call the police on Saturday night because there was a message in chalk written on a public sidewalk outside of her house in Bangor. The message read, “Susie, please, Mainers want WHPA —> vote yes, clean up your mess.” WHPA refers to the Women's Health Protection Act, a bill to codify Roe vs. Wade that failed yesterday in the Senate. Collins reported the message as a defacement of public property, even though the chalk could easily be washed away with some water. A spokesperson for the Bangor Police Department said, “the message was not overtly threatening.” Collins said about it, “we are grateful to the Bangor police officers and the city public works employee who responded to the defacement of public property in front of our home.” While it’s one thing to be sensitive about protests outside of people’s homes, it was certainly over the top for Collins to call the police about a non-threatening message written in chalk on the public sidewalk.
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