The latest attack on a memorial was committed against a symbol meant to commemorate the lives of millions of Jews sent to Nazi death camps. On Monday night, authorities in Boston arrested a 17-year-old male for allegedly shattering a glass panel on a Holocaust memorial.
After the boy threw a rock at the Memorial, a pair of civilians was able to catch him before he fled the scene, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). They say they arrived to find two civilians detaining the teen-aged boy. The civilians and other witnesses all gave similar accounts of the alleged crime.
“I’m grateful for the quick response and the community help which led to the swift arrest of the suspect responsible for the damage done to the Holocaust Memorial,” BPD Commissioner William Evans said in a statement. “Clearly, this type of behavior will not be tolerated in our city. And, in light of the recent events and unrest in Charlottesville, it’s sad to see a young person choose to engage in such senseless and shameful behavior.”
The boy has not been identified.
Prosecutors say the teenager appeared in juvenile court Tuesday and was ordered to stay away from the memorial and follow mental health guidance.
He faces charges of willful and malicious destruction of property, and reportedly the BPD’s Civil Rights Unit is going to determine if the incident requires additional charges.
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This is the second act of apparent vandalism in less than three months against the Memorial. In June, James Isaac allegedly used a rock to shatter a 9-foot-tall panel. Isaac was charges with vandalism, and has reportedly pleaded not guilty.
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The memorial is comprised of six, 54-foot-high glass towers, which are lit internally. They’re etched with millions of numbers that represent tattoos on the arms of many Jews sent to Nazi death camps.
The official website for the monument reads: “The number six has many meanings here: the millions of Jews killed in the Holocaust; the names of the six main death camps; a row of memorial candles; and the six years, 1939-1945, during which the infamous ‘Final Solution,’ the most deadly phase of the Holocaust, took place.”
As racial tensions in America continue to escalate, more focus is being placed on symbols of one group or another. While Confederate monuments continue to be the main sources of unrest, other symbols have also garnered attention.
A religious symbol was destroyed in June, the act recorded by the criminal himself. Michael Tate Reed drove a vehicle into a six-foot-tall monument of the Ten Commandments at the Arkansas Capitol in Little Rock. The monument had just been erected the day before.
In Aurora, Colorado, the Colorado Freedom Memorial was vandalized on July 3, causing what may amount to more than $55,000 in damages, when someone broke one of its glass panels. The memorial includes six thousand names of Colorado citizens who died defending freedom. The community came together to try to raise the funds to repair the memorial, which means so much to so many.
Another brazen case of vandalism took place in Durham, North Carolina, on Monday when a group of protesters tied a rope to a Confederate statue and pulled it down
According to reports, the angry mob perpetrated the disgraceful crime in protest of the violence at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. They blamed the discord on a white nationalists group that had permission to hold the rally, though, as many reports have indicated, counter-protesters, including Antifa and Black Lives Matter activists, created the conflict.
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In an earlier report from Tuesday, a Confederate statue was vandalized Monday when a group of protesters in Durham, North Carolina, tied a rope to it and pulled it down. What makes the incident especially heinous is that, according to reports, law enforcement watched the criminal vandalism and did not intervene.
According to reports, the angry mob perpetrated the disgraceful crime in protest of the violence at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. They blamed the discord on a white nationalists group, which had permission to hold the rally, although many reports have indicated that counter-protesters, including Antifa and Black Lives Matter activists, created the conflict.
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