VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED: At one point during the news conference, profanity is heard from someone who was passing by.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- Little Rock and North Little Rock police are investigating after multiple police stations and county offices were vandalized overnight.
The Little Rock police fallen officer memorial wall was painted with “DEFUND THE POLICE”.
According to Little Rock Police Chief Keith Humphrey, the vandalism happened between midnight and 3 a.m. Thursday.
Chief Humphrey said the department will investigate the vandalism as a hate crime, which is an ordinance in Little Rock.
“Twenty-three officers names are etched into this wall,” Humphrey explained. “These are men who gave their lives protecting the streets of this city. And the unfortunate thing is that we have people who do not respect that.”
Chief Humphrey said the men and women of the Little Rock Police Department are devastated and hurt.
The Little Rock Fraternal Order of Police posted the following Thursday morning on their Facebook page:
Outside the Pulaski County Prosecutor’s Office, the windows were painted with “DEFUND THE POLICE”.
“DEFUND THE POLICE” and “Daniel Prude SAY HIS NAME” was painted outside the Little Rock District Court building.
A public information officer for North Little Rock police said at 3:20 Thursday morning, officers saw a fire in the back parking lot of the Rose City substation. According to NLRPD, the officers went to the back parking lot and saw one of their SUVs was on fire, two other vehicles had tires slashed and the gate to the parking lot had been cut. According to a news release from North Little Rock Police, four patrol vehicles were damaged with one being a total loss. North Little Rock police say extra security measures will be in place for all city property in an effort to minimize and deter any future damage to taxpayer-funded property. If you have any information on the damaged patrol vehicles in North Little Rock, call the NLRPD tip line at 501-680-8439 or 501-758-1234.
Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. released a statement today regarding the vandalism:
While I understand and acknowledge the pain and anger many feel as a result of police brutality and misconduct across the country, the vandalism of the Little Rock Fallen Police Officer’s Memorial that occurred last night is not acceptable.
I welcome every conversation from any Little Rock resident or business about how we can best keep our neighborhoods safe, including how we reimagine policing in Little Rock.
My administration has led on police accountability, and we have done this by making our case to City residents and stakeholders and our Board of Directors. Building consensus is how we get the systemic changes we seek – not vandalism.
I have an open door to any person or organization in Little Rock that shares our vision for accountability and public safety, and I remain open to working with anyone to help move Little Rock forward.Mayor Frank Scott, Jr.
This is a developing story.