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Lee Statue Vandalized Ahead of KKK Rally in Charlottesville

Posted: Updated: Jul 08, 2017 02:25 PM
Vandalized Lee Statue in Charlottesville's Emancipation Park Vandalized Lee Statue in Charlottesville's Emancipation Park
Graffiti on Lee Statue in Charlottesville's Emancipation Park Graffiti on Lee Statue in Charlottesville's Emancipation Park
Crews clean graffiti and paint off Lee Statue Crews clean graffiti and paint off Lee Statue
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville's Emancipation Park was vandalized sometime overnight between Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 8.

The statue was tagged with graffiti that said "Native Land," and covered in red paint. Crews removed the vandalism from the statue Saturday morning.

Charlottesville police say they have they have 12 hours of surveillance footage to review in this case. The department posted two cameras, one in Emancipation Park and one in Justice Park, for use as an investigative tool should any crimes occur in the parks in light of the white activist rallies scheduled for the summer.

The vandalism comes just hours ahead of an anticipated rally by the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in Justice Park, which contains a statue to Confederate General Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson.

The North Carolina-based group is protesting City Council's decision to remove the statue of Lee from the park.

A counter-protest is also expected at both parks, and other events are scheduled throughout the day to unite the people who live in and around Charlottesville.

Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas is urging people who disagree with the KKK to stay away from the rally in Justice Park.