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January 1, Teen Vandalizes WWI Memorial: Father Hands Him Over to Police



A teenager allegedly involved in vandalizing a World War I memorial in Central Park was handed over to the police by his father. The 16-year-old anti-Israel protester is accused of spray-painting “Gaza” on the memorial dedicated to Americans who fought in World War I.

He has been charged with third-degree criminal mischief, a felony, and making graffiti, a misdemeanor, according to a local news source.

NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Operations Kaz Daughtry posted a blurred photo of the teenager in handcuffs after being turned in by his father. He stated, “The despicable vandalism we saw earlier this week on the WWI Memorial will not be ignored, and will not go unpunished.”

Daughtry added, “This isn’t simply juvenile hijinks- it’s an act of desecration that undermines the freedoms our heroes fought and died for.”

Police sources revealed that the teenager has no prior arrests and attends Tottenville High School on Staten Island. The vandalism took place during the “Day of Rage” protests, where anti-America and anti-Israel protesters gathered around the memorial on Holocaust Remembrance Day.

During the protest, an American flag was burned, and stickers reading “Stop the Genocide. End the apartheid. Free Palestine” were placed on the memorial.

Interestingly, there appeared to be no police presence at the memorial during the protest. Many NYPD officers were assigned to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where the Met Gala was taking place. Over two dozen protesters were arrested on Monday, including 35-year-old Manolo De Los Santos, leader of a radical nonprofit group.

However, De Los Santos was only issued a court summons, making it unlikely he will face any punishment for his actions during the Manhattan demonstrations.

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  1. Donna

    May 18, 2024 at 11:15 pm

    We need more parents like this. Thank you.

  2. the traveller

    May 19, 2024 at 1:58 am

    Make him clean it off and then re-paint, in the original color, with him buying the paint.

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