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Police say Confederate monument in Richmond vandalized

August 22, 2018
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Cars pass by a statue of Confederate General A. P. Hill that was vandalized overnight in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. Richmond has been debating what to do with its most prominent Confederate monuments along Monument Avenue in a different part of the city. The Hill statue hasn't been part of that discussion. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Confederate statue in Richmond, Virginia, was vandalized overnight with what appears to be red paint.

Police spokesman James Mercante says a patrol officer observed a “red paint-like” substance on the statue of Confederate Lt. Gen. A.P. Hill around 12:40 a.m. Wednesday. Mercante says police believe the vandalism happened around midnight.

He says the city’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will clean up the statue.

The vandalism follows the toppling of a Confederate monument at the University of North Carolina this week.

Richmond has been debating what do with other Confederate monuments that stand on Monument Avenue in a different part of the city.

The Hill statue hasn’t been part of that discussion.

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