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Memorial to slain Virginia officers temporarily removed

The fallen police memorial was damaged during protests in Richmond. (Source: WWBT)
The fallen police memorial was damaged during protests in Richmond. (Source: WWBT)(WDBJ)
Published: Jun. 12, 2020 at 10:43 AM EDT
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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.

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