A statue of Christopher Columbus has been vandalized twice in the last three days, the latest defacement occurring on the Columbus Day holiday Monday, as the war against his commemoration gains momentum.
The statue, located in Arrigo Park in Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood, was previously vandalized early Saturday. In that incident, someone spotted three male suspects defacing the statue at 12:05 a.m. When confronted, the suspects tried to ride away on bicycles.
One of the vandals, 30-year-old Kyle Miskell, fell off his bike and was “detained by the witness” (see pictures below).
Monroe District officers took him into custody, police said, and charged him with criminal damage to government property and criminal defacement of property.
In the second act of vandalism, red paint was splattered on the statue, and the words “mass murderer” and “decolonise” [sic] were spray painted on the sidewalk next to the statue, according to CBS Chicago.
All damage had been removed by city workers on Monday morning.
No one had been arrested for the second act of vandalism at the time of this publication.
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Three Connecticut police departments are also investigating reports that statues of Christopher Columbus in Middletown, New Haven, and Norwalk were all found vandalized.
According to Middletown police, someone vandalized the statue of Christopher Columbus at Harbor Park with red graffiti which read: “Kill the colonizer.” The vandalism happened sometime overnight, NBC Connecticut reports.
A New Haven statue in Wooster Square was also vandalized with red paint, according to New Haven police, with the same message seen in a Twitter post of the defaced statue.
In Norwalk, police released no details about the vandalism, other than to say they are investigating vandalism of a statue of Columbus.
Other vandalisms are being reported across the country, including in Rhode Island and New York.
Many liberals want to stop honoring the Italian explorer and move to recognition of victims of colonialism. Cities getting behind the movement include Los Angeles, Austin, San Francisco, Seattle, and Denver.
The movement has angered many Italian Americans who say eliminating their festival of ethnic pride is also culturally insensitive.
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