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Richmond police ‘on edge’ after threats and memorial vandalized

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A search is underway for the vandals who targeted an 8-foot-tall bronze statue that pays tribute to police officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

A large “X” was painted in red on the torso of the statue, which depicts a Richmond officer carrying a child holding a teddy bear. The memorial features a plaque listing the names of 28 Richmond, Virginia police officers who were killed in the line of duty.

The Richmond Police Memorial statue in Richmond, Va., was vandalized Wednesday, July 12, 2016, with graffiti referring to Alton Sterling, who was killed by a police officer in Baton Rouge, La. The statue was only recently moved to its new location in Byrd Park from the original site in downtown Richmond. ( Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
The Richmond Police Memorial statue in Richmond, Va., was vandalized Wednesday, July 12, 2016, with graffiti referring to Alton Sterling, who was killed by a police officer in Baton Rouge, La. The statue was only recently moved to its new location in Byrd Park from the original site in downtown Richmond. ( Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Retired police officer Glenwood Burley told WRIC he was brought to tears when he saw the memorial was vandalized.  He called it a “despicable act” that served no purpose.

‘Justice for Alton’ was also sprayed on stones at the base of the statue, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.  The vandals making reference to the black man who was shot and killed during an altercation with police in Louisiana earlier this month.

Richmond Police Chief Alfred Dunham called the vandalism a ‘cowardly act’ and is asking those responsible to come forward.  He says the department received an anonymous threat days earlier.. and his officers have been “on edge” since last week’s deadly attacks in Dallas.

 

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