Memorial to slain Virginia officers temporarily removed
A statue honoring police officers killed in the line of duty was removed from a park in Virginia’s capital city Thursday morning after it was covered in red paint.
Video obtained by news outlets showed a truck hauling the Richmond Police Memorial away from Byrd Park, the same place where a statue of Christopher Columbus was torn down and thrown into a lake Wednesday.
Both statues were damaged during ongoing protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died after a white police officer pressed his knee on his neck.
A spokesman for Richmond's mayor told news outlets the police memorial would be restored and returned.