In an appalling move that demonstrates an absolute lack of class and human decency, a police memorial to honor those killed in the line of duty in Richmond, Virginia was vandalized.The words “Justice for Alton” were marked on the memorial in red paint, referring to Alton Sterling who was recently fatally shot by police in Baton Rouge.
According to TheBlaze, Less than 18 hours after the Richmond, Virginia, police department tweeted photos showing the new location of the city’s 28-year-old memorial for its officers killed in the line of duty, the memorial was vandalized with red paint.
— Jake Burns (@JakeBurnsCBS6) July 13, 2016
According to local reporter Jake Burns of WTVR-TV, the statue sat untouched and “without a scratch” in its original location for nearly three decades. It was only after police posted the following tweet — proudly showing off the new location and thanking people for leaving flowers on the statue — that the vandalism occurred.
— Richmond Police (@RichmondPolice) July 12, 2016
What sort of a nation have we become?If you feel an injustice has been done, feel free to voice your grievances in protest or some other legal manner. But what has become of our “civil society” that vandals feel entitled to desecrate the memory of those who gave their lives to serve and protect?
Such action does little to convince anyone of the merit of the cause. In fact, it actually has the opposite effect.
Regardless of where you stand on the Alton Sterling shooting, we should all agree the dead had nothing to do with it and shouldn’t be disrespected for the sake of making a political point.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]