Virginia memorial for fallen officers removed, safely in storage after being vandalized and desecrated

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A Virginia memorial to fallen police officers had to be removed after far-left protesters vandalized the statue with spray paint.

The bronze memorial honoring Richmond police officers who died in the line of duty had to be hauled away after it was defaced by disrespectful demonstrators during protests last week. After crews failed to clean off the paint, the statue was taken away to protect it but reportedly will be returned to its spot in Byrd Park when tempers cool.

(Source: WTVR)

“We thought it would be best to take the statue, put it in safe storage and let tempers cool down and let people come to their senses,” Penn Burke told WTVR-TV.

Burke, who helped his father raise money to erect the tribute which bears the names of 39 Richmond police officers — including his own grandfather — did not want the statue to face the same fate as that of other monuments that were toppled amid protests last week.

“We just didn’t want that to happen to dishonor if you will, the memory of the slain police officers that they went off to work that morning and they never returned and gave their ultimate sacrifice,” Burke said.

“The statue means a lot to me as a family member,” he said. “It also means a lot to me fore the importance of recognizing all of the other officers that have given their lives protecting the residents and property of the City of Richmond.”

The statue will be cleaned up while it remains in storage, awaiting a time when it can be returned to its place in the park where it has stood since 2016.

The memorial was one of many that was damaged by the so-called “peaceful protesters” who toppled a statue of Christopher Columbus in Byrd Park. The statue was knocked off its foundation, spray painted, and set on fire by demonstrators who then dumped it in the lake.

A monument of former Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Confederate Gen. Williams Carter Wickham’s statue in Monroe Park were also torn down. Statues of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson were also covered in graffiti during the protests.

Reactions continued on social media over the removal of the police memorial.


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