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Confederate monument in Forest Park targeted by vandals overnight

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The Confederate monument in Forest Park was vandalized overnight The Confederate monument in Forest Park was vandalized overnight
The Confederate monument in Forest Park was vandalized overnight The Confederate monument in Forest Park was vandalized overnight
The Confederate monument in Forest Park was vandalized overnight The Confederate monument in Forest Park was vandalized overnight
The back of the memorial the splattered with red paint The back of the memorial the splattered with red paint
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Vandals targeted a Confederate monument in Forest Park overnight.

A jogger called police around 7:30 a.m. to report the monument had been vandalized.

Vandals painted an expletive along with “black lives matter” on the front of the monument. The back of the monument appears to have spots of red paint.

Following Tuesday night's incident, Mayor Slay asked the director of St. Louis City Human Resources to study the statue and provide information before officials and residents decide whether or not to remove the monument. 

"Moving it is a legitimate option, but that is up to the mayor, the Board of Aldermen, president of the Board of Alderman, and residents to decide...and it should definitely be on the table," said Eddie Roth, director of St. Louis Human Services.

The monument is located on Confederate Drive, and Mayor Slay said he wants that street name changed to one based on freedom or justice.

In April, Mayor Slay expressed concern over the monument and asked various organizations, including Forest Park Forever and the Missouri History Museum, to evaluate whether changes should be made to the monument or if it should be removed.

The Confederate monument was erected in 1914 and was dedicated again in 1964.

The Confederate flag has been at the center of a national discussion since nine people were killed during a shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina. Alleged church shooter Dylann Roof was seen in photographs with various items displaying the Confederate flag.

Wednesday's vandalism comes days after retailers, including WalMart and Amazon, announced they would no longer sell merchandise with the Confederate flag on it.

On Wednesday, all Confederate flags were removed from state buildings throughout the Alabama.

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