Vandals damage Christopher Columbus statue

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Police are searching for the vandals who damaged a Christopher Columbus statue in a Yonkers city park.

Yonkers police say the 2-foot plaster statue in Columbus Memorial Park was knocked off its pedestal. They found the front part of the statue at its base and the back part at the top of a hill.

The statue was vandalized Saturday evening, according to neighbors.

"At this point, it's possibly kids engaging in criminal mischief. But we're going to conduct a thorough investigation and see what we find. But it appears just criminal mischief at this time,” says Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner.

The statue has been vandalized at least twice before. The original bronze statue was stolen 12 years ago.

Communities across the country are facing pressure to remove controversial monuments following a deadly clash between white nationalists and counterprotesters over the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee last month in Charlottesville.

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