Clean-up crews moved quickly this morning to remove graffiti that had seen spray painted on Loudoun County’s Confederate War Memorial overnight.
The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crime. The agency stated only that the graffiti included “obscene” language and that the vandalism likely occurred sometime after midnight.
Anyone with any information regarding this case is asked to contact the Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475. You may also submit a tip through the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office app.
There are several security cameras around the courthouse complex. This morning, two portable cameras were brought in and posted near the memorial.
The incident follows days of continuing tension and debate following the riot in Charlottesville that resulted in the deaths of one protester and two state troopers on Saturday.
On Wednesday, County Chairman Phyllis J.Randall called for a community dialogue in the future of the Loudoun monument and Gov. Terry McAuliffe issued a statement urging localities and the General Assembly to remove all Confederate monuments.
“As we attempt to heal and learn from the tragic events in Charlottesville, I encourage Virginia’s localities and the General Assembly – which are vested with the legal authority – to take down these monuments and relocate them to museums or more appropriate settings. I hope we can all now agree that these symbols are a barrier to progress, inclusion and equality in Virginia and, while the decision may not be mine to make, I believe the path forward is clear,” McAuliffe said.