What is thought to be one of America’s oldest monuments to Italian explorer Christopher Columbus located in the city of Baltimore, Maryland, was vandalized. Baltimore Police are looking into the incident, which spokesman T.J. Smith says they believe occurred early yesterday morning. The base of the 225-year-old monument, upon which a two-story-tall obelisk sits, was damaged by a sledgehammer.
While police have no lead on suspects, they do have video evidence of that crime since the destruction of the monument was posted to YouTube by a channel named “Popular Resistance.” There are two men in the video, one hitting the base with a sledgehammer and the other holding a sign that reads, “Racism, tear it down.” A second sign was taped to the monument of Columbus which said, “The future is economic and racial justice.”
Baltimore Police are looking for any information regarding the two men, as well as whoever was behind the camera filming the whole thing. Due to the damage, the inscription on the base that read “Sacred to the memory of Chris. Columbus, Octob. XII, MDCCVIIIC” was completely gone with a large hole in its place. The signs from the video were left at the monument and could have fingerprint evidence for police to use in their search for the suspects.