UPDATED 7:14 AM PT – Friday, September 4, 2020
Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton (R) has condemned the vandalism of a police memorial in Little Rock. On Thursday, the Republican lawmaker said the people responsible for defacing the Little Rock Police Memorial for Fallen Officers will be held accountable.
On Wednesday, vandals wrote various slogans such as “defund the police” on the memorial and Breonna Taylor’s name on the ground in front of it.
No pathetic act of vandalism will ever change that fact. The criminals who defaced their memory—and their politically-motivated supporters—will be lost to history, but the names of our fallen officers will always be honored and remembered.
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) September 3, 2020
Little Rock Police Chief Keith Humphrey said that instead of vandalizing memorials, citizens should be having open dialogue about their problems with law enforcement.
“Why not try to build, bridge the gap? Why not sit down and talk about how we can make things better? You want to talk about reform, that’s part of reforming,” said Chief.Humphrey. “I think you would be very surprised if you understood What the Little Rock Police Department is doing in our efforts to bridge the gap and become more involved in the community.”
Meanwhile, police in the state have experienced an up-tick in attacks against them amid nationwide protests over police brutality.
— KATV News (@KATVNews) September 3, 2020