BPD investigating after statue vandalized with paint, poop and signs

Lincoln Statue
Posted at 1:22 PM, Feb 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-02 10:18:14-05

Boise police are investigating after reports of the statue known as Seated Lincoln in Julia Davis Park was vandalized with paint, poop and signs.

Police responded to reports of vandalism at the park around 8 a.m. Monday and began an investigation which included evidence from social media, according to Boise police. City of Boise Parks and Recreation crews had the paint, feces and signs cleared up shortly after, according to BPD.

Police say there was no permanent damage done to the statue and officers continue to investigate the incident.

"Vandalism is a crime, never appropriate, and those committing these crimes will be held accountable," said Boise Mayor Lauren McLean in a statement. "At a time when our democracy is fragile, this is particularly disturbing as President Lincoln sought to keep our fractured nation together and to address the scourge of slavery - losing his life for it. On the first day of Black History month, it's essential to honor those in our community, reflect on our past, and work together for a better future. This terrible act detracts from progress and is an affront to those who toil daily for civil rights."