Authorities clean up Confederate monument after vandalism

VIDEO: Confederate statue cleaned after early-morning vandalism

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Crews cleaned the Confederate monument at White Point Gardens Friday afternoon after another case of vandalism.

Charleston Police responded at approximately 6:30 a.m. after a witness said he saw a man near the monument and then heard a hissing sound.

The witness told police he called out to the man, who then ran away. When the witness tried to determine which way the man had gone, he saw the base of the monument had been sprayed, the incident report states.

Charleston police said someone spray painted, "Take down this racist statue" and a reference to slavery on the monument.

The same monument was spray painted on the morning of June 21, just days after the deadly shooting at the Emanuel AME Church.

The statue was erected in 1932 by the Charleston Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and pays tribute to "The Defenders of Charleston - Fort Sumter."

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