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West Memphis Residents Calling Vandalizing of King Monument a "Hate Crime"

APRIL 12, 2005 - Posted at 8:17 a.m. CDT

 

WEST MEMPHIS, AR - A new memorial honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is in shambles, and police believe a West Memphis teenager is responsible for what many are calling a hate crime.

The granite monument was unveiled only a week ago, but is already destroyed.

A 17-year-old West Memphis youth arrested for vandalizing the monument appeared in court yesterday.  However, his case will continue until prosecutors decide whether charges will be filed in criminal or juvenile court.

Meanwhile, members of the Delta Neighborhood Action Council who had worked for nearly two decades to get the monument in place say they want to see justice.  "We want to send out a statement, a clear statement, that this will not be tolerated," said Council member Lorraine Robinson. 

The suspect is currently under "house arrest" until an April 25 court appearance.  He could face up to ten years in jail and a $15,000 fine, if convicted as an adult.

 

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