Officers memorial vandalized in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS - Authorities said a memorial for fallen Louisiana law enforcement officers was vandalized some time after an officer's funeral this weekend.
The Louisiana Law Enforcement Officers Memorial group said the torch at the memorial at Lakelawn Cemetery was knocked off its pedastel. The 70-pound torch resisted being knocked over by high winds from Hurricane Katrina, which leads the group to believe someone intentionally damaged it.
The damage was announced just over a day after the funeral for Officer Vernell Brown Jr. He died several days after he was hit by a car while responding to a vehicle fire on July 12.
"We have no words to express how saddened we are and can't express the pain this horrible act has caused, especially not even a day after we laid Officer Brown to rest. We will not allow this act to lessen or diminish the selfless sacrifice our fallen Brothers and Sisters have made," the memorial group said on their Facebook page.
The memorial group asked anyone with information about who caused the damage to contact police.