Someone vandalized a Christopher Columbus statue with an ax and red paint.
Detroit police are investigating after someone vandalized a statute of Christopher Columbus with an ax and red paint.
Detroit's Columbus statue was vandalized on Columbus Day.
DETROIT (WXYZ) - Someone in Detroit chose Columbus Day to send a message. The city's statue of Christopher Columbus was vandalized with a hatchet to its head.
Red paint streamed down the front of the Columbus bust, like blood from a head wound left by the ax.
The statue of the explorer sits downtown, at Jefferson and Randolph. An inscription on the front says it was a gift to the city, donated by, "The Italians of Detroit," on this very date in 1910.
While Columbus Day is a federal holiday, several U.S. cities will instead observe Indigenous Peoples Day today. The AP says that will be the case in at least nine cities for the first time this year, including Albuquerque; Portland, Ore.; St. Paul, Minn.; and Olympia, Wash.
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