Police memorial vandalized, but there’s a bright side


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Fort Wayne’s memorial to fallen police officers and firefighters was vandalized after another night of protests.

Early Tuesday, WANE 15 learned that the Law Enforcement and Firefighter Memorial along Wells Street, just north of downtown Fort Wayne, had been damaged with spray paint. Markings of “QUIT PIGS” and “BLM” could be seen around the memorial.

The vandalism came after tense protests against police brutality and systemic racism in downtown Fort Wayne Monday night that resulted in the arrests of five people.

Operator Jerry Vandeveer told WANE 15 that a crew volunteered to clean the memorial at no charge later Tuesday.

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