'Black Lives Matter' spray-painted on Confederate memorial

3 years 3 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, June 24 2015 Jun 24, 2015 Wednesday, June 24, 2015 12:38:31 PM CDT June 24, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press and James Packard, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis police were investigating Wednesday after vandals spray-painted the words "Black Lives Matter" on a century-old Confederate Memorial.

Police were called just before 8 a.m. after a resident saw the damage on the 32-foot statue in Forest Park. Parks Department workers were cleaning the memorial, and no arrests had been made as of Wednesday afternoon.

The Confederate flag and other items honoring the Confederacy came under renewed scrutiny in the week since a white gunman opened fire in a predominantly black Charleston, South Carolina, church, killing nine people.

In April, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay directed a staff member to consider the future of the memorial. Officials expected a report by the end of summer.

[Editor's note: This story has been re-formatted for clarity.]

 

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