Just before 8:00 this morning Boise Police responded to a report of vandalism at a bronze statue known as Seated Lincoln in Julia Davis Park. Officers began an investigation which included evidence shared on social media. Crews from the City of Boise Parks and Recreation Department had the paint, feces and signs cleaned up a short time later. There was no permanent damage to the statue. Officers are following up on leads and continuing to investigate to identify who is responsible.
“Defacing a venerated object to provoke an emotional response will not help us rise to our better selves,” said Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee.
"Vandalism is a crime, never appropriate, and those committing these crimes will be held accountable," said Mayor Lauren McLean. "At a time when our democracy is fragile, this is particularly disturbing as President Lincoln sought to keep our fractured nation together and to address the scourge of slavery - losing his life for it. On the first day of Black History month, it's essential to honor those in our community, reflect on our past, and work together for a better future. This terrible act detracts from progress and is an affront to those who toil daily for civil rights."