PAGE COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — Early Monday morning around 2 a.m., two monuments, including a Confederate monument, were vandalized off of Main St. in the town of Luray.
The graffiti included profanity targeted at police officers and the Antifa movement, as well as anarchist symbols.
Luray town staff and volunteers worked to remove the spray paint through the afternoon.
Chief Cook added that he is frustrated because he says the actions of officers in Minneapolis do not reflect the values of the Luray Police Department.
“It’s not a representation of all law enforcement, and definitely not my department, and I know many officers who are distraught over this and it has affected them and their abilities to perform,” Cook said. “What they got into this line of work for was to protect and serve the whole community, and it’s frustrating.”
Chief Cook says they are still investigating who is responsible for the vandalism.
The two Confederate monuments off of Main St. in Luray, dedicated in 1898 and in 1918, sponsored by the United Confederate Veterans when they were erected, do not recognize any one particular individual, but honor Confederate soldiers.