Photos by WUSA9 show vandalism at the Christopher Columbus statue amid protests on Saturday night against police brutality, death of Daunte Wright, chauvin process.
WASHINGTON – The Christopher Columbus statue near Union Station was destroyed with spray paint by DC protesters on Saturday night.
The destruction was captured in images captured by WUSA9 after protesters left the area.
Words like “Murderer”, “F & # @ Pigs”, “He did what he was trained to do” and the name “Daunte (Wright)” were sprayed on the statue.
Street torches were also caught by the statue on the ground.
Christopher Columbus statues have been a target of some protesters and rioters last year, especially in other cities in the US like that City of Baltimore.
Columbus statues have been viewed by some as a tribute to a man who had a negative impact and exploited Native Americans.
A sizable police presence was seen on Saturday night amid tensions over the death of Daunte Wright by a Minneapolis police officer and the Derek Chauvin murder trial nearing its end.
There were also protesters in DC on Friday evening.
DC Police are due to launch a full activation of the division next week to await possible protests in response to a verdict in the murder trial of Chauvin.
Chauvin is the former Minneapolis police officer currently on trial over the death of George Floyd in May 2020. Floyd’s death, after Chauvin kneeled on his neck for more than 9 minutes, sparked protests across the country and drew thousands to Black Lives Matter events in the district.
The protests in June sparked a violent response from the federal government, including the mobilization of unmarked riot officers of the Bureau of Prisons and the use of a National Guard helicopter to try to disperse the crowd.
In an internal MPD email from WUSA9, the department informed officials that as of the morning of April 19, the MPD would be “fully activated to support the expected first change demonstrations”.
“All members should be willing to work longer hours if necessary,” the message reads.
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