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Astorino Vows To Prosecute Christopher Columbus Statue Vandal

This statue of Christopher Columbus was damaged in Yonkers. Photo Credit: File
Rob Astorino. Photo Credit: File

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has vowed to track down and prosecute the party or parties responsible for vandalizing a statue of Christopher Columbus in a Yonkers park.

Detectives in Yonkers are investigating a case of vandalism after the two-foot statue was knocked from its perch and broken in Columbus Park on Monday night. The case is currently under investigation, and police have noted the possibility that it may have been a case of juvenile vandalism.

According to a CBS report, this is the fourth time in 10 days that a statue of Christopher Columbus has been vandalized, including instances in Buffalo and Houston, where statues were defaced with red paint. In Baltimore, an activist posted video of him vandalizing the oldest monument dedicated to Columbus in America online.

In the video, the activist says “observe how vehemently Republican and Democratic misleaders defend genocidal terrorists like Christopher Columbus and George Washington.

In a statement, Astorino noted that this act was a criminal offense, and he vowed to prosecute “to the fullest extent of the law.”

“The attack on the Christopher Columbus statue in Yonkers constitutes a criminal offense. Whoever committed it will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” he said. “The statue craziness is getting absolutely ridiculous and must stop. We are a society of laws, not mob rule.”

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