GPD seeking assistance to identify suspects in war memorial vandalism


SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::

The Griffin Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying individuals captured on surveillance footage in Griffin’s Veteran’s Memorial Park the night two war memorials were vandalized.

The video was recorded in the area where one of the memorials is located.

When asked if these two individuals are considered suspects, GPD Chief Mike Yates said, “I would call them suspects.”

On the basis of investigative purposes, Yates declined to say whether the surveillance footage captured the vandalism in progress.

“The photos do come from a lengthy video that we are not releasing at this time,” he said.

The memorials – one in Veteran’s Memorial Park and the second in the  Confederate Cemetery – were damaged overnight Saturday with red spray-painted phrases including “F*CK THE POLICE,” “PEOPLE OVER PROPERTY” and “BLM.”

Griffin Police Department Public Information Officer Lt. Daniel Jett said the damage was limited to those locations.

A number of concerned residents turned out Sunday to clean the paint from the memorials.

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