Capitol Police: Robert E. Lee monument vandalized with red paint ‘between patrols’

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia Capitol Police is investigating vandalism to the Robert E. Lee statue on Monument Avenue in Richmond.

The west side of the statue’s base is covered in red paint. The letters “BLM” are also visible.

The vandalism was a result of a high-pressure sprayer, according to Joseph Macenka with Capitol Police. The sprayer used was either a refillable fire extinguisher or bug sprayer from home. 

Macenka added that the vandalism likely happened between patrols overnight.

Capitol Police monitors and patrols all of the State-owned properties and facilities. Macenka says the patrol schedule varies depending on the day of the week and the time of day.

The Department of General Services is in charge of clean-up. Saturday afternoon, Macenka said the cleanup process was already underway.  

Patrols will likely increase around the Lee statue following the vandalism.

This is the first vandalism to a monument since red paint was splattered on the Jefferson Davis statue on October 18th last year.

Capitol Police tell 8News an investigation is underway.

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