Update: Police Release Statement After Charlottesville Statue Vandalized
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville's Market Street Park has been vandalized again. This time, someone spray-painted ‘1619’ on the base of the statue, which is the year slavery began in the United States.
The statue was last vandalized in July. It all comes after a three-day civil trial concluded Friday with a Virginia judge ruling that has blocked the city's effort to remove the Confederate statue.
09/16/2019 Statement from Charlottesville Police:
The Charlottesville Police Department responded to the report of vandalism at Market Street Park and Court Square Park in the early morning hours of Monday, September 16, 2019. The incidents were both documented and the City of Charlottesville was dispatched to remove the graffiti. No suspects have been arrested at this time.
CPD strongly discourages citizens from trespassing and defacing the statues at the city parks. While there are differing opinions on the monuments, the statues are on city-owned property, therefore, vandalizing them can result in criminal charges such as destruction of property.