Georgia Confederate monument damaged in apparent act of vandalism
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Police in Rome, Ga., are investigating damage done to a Confederate monument in the town's cemetery as vandalism, according to ABC News.

Rome Police Department Lt. Danny Story told the news outlet on Tuesday that $200,000 worth of damage to the statue of a Confederate soldier was now under investigation.

"It has been reported, the damage has been estimated and, yes, [we] are investigating," Story said.

 

The statue's hands and rifle were removed by the vandals, police say, and the statue's face was smashed in.

Rome City Manager Sammy Rich told The Rome News-Tribune last week that it was "disappointing" that someone would take the time required to "surgically" deface the statue.

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“It’s just super disappointing that somebody would go to that much trouble to get up there, put a ladder up or whatever to reach it,” Rich said. “It looked like it was surgically cut."

Confederate monuments throughout the South became points of conflict in 2017, including in Charlottesville, Va., where a rally to defend a Confederate monument dissolved into violence that left one counterprotester dead and others wounded.

While some cities around the country reacted to the controversy by removing statues, President TrumpDonald John TrumpOver 100 lawmakers consistently voted against chemical safeguards: study CNN's Anderson Cooper unloads on Trump Jr. for spreading 'idiotic' conspiracy theories about him Cohn: Jamie Dimon would be 'phenomenal' president MORE has defended the monuments, calling them "beautiful" in August.

"Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments," Trump tweeted. "You can't change history, but you can learn from it."

Archives from the University of Georgia report that the statue was erected in 1887, 30 years after the cemetery was first opened, to honor the Confederate soldiers buried at Myrtle Hill Cemetery. More than 360 Confederate and Union soldiers are buried at Myrtle Hill Cemetery.