By Associated Press - Sunday, June 14, 2020

DOVER, Del. — Police have arrested a man who allegedly took an ax to a memorial honoring Delaware law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.

Kyle Bullock, 42, of Camden, is accused of damaging the police officer memorial in Dover early Friday morning.

The News Journal reports that police said Bullock left his cell phone at the scene.

A bronze statute of a police officer kneeling in reverence in front of a granite wall inscribed with the names of fallen police officers was damaged, and two urine-soaked state flags were placed on the ground. An ax was left behind at the scene.

The vandalism came as protesters around the country have called for the removal of monuments many say are symbols of racism after the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on the handcuffed man’s neck for more than eight minutes.

Police said Bullock came to the scene asking officers if they had seen his missing cell phone. They allege that he lied and told officers he lost it while participating in a protest earlier that day.

Bullock has been charged with felony criminal mischief. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $5,100 cash bond.

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