Baltimore mayor condemns vandalism of Francis Scott Key memorial

Francis Scott Key Memorial Vandalized

BALTIMORE (WBFF)-- Baltimore City Police are searching for the suspect or suspects responsible for vandalizing the Francis Scott Key Memorial.

Police say the vandalism happened overnight in the 100 block of N Eutaw Street. Spray paint and a red substance were placed on the monument.

Mayor Catherine Pugh condemned the vandalism. Some of the graffiti read "Racist Anthem" and "Slave Owner."

"I am highly disappointed by the criminal act of vandalism on the Francis Scott Key Monument. Freedom of speech is welcome in the City of Baltimore, but not at the cost of our public spaces and neighborhoods," said Pugh in a statement sent late Wednesday.

"Vandalism of any kind is unacceptable, and those found to be associated with this crime will be charged," she said, echoing the police concerns.

Police were made aware of the incident Wednesday morning.

T.J. Smith the Spokesman for the Police Department said police don't know who did this.

"It's a crime to vandalize a property. The people responsible, if captured, will be prosecuted," he said.

Smith went on to say: "There's a way to go about doing this."

"This is destroying property; that's the bottom line."

They are asking anyone with information to contact police.

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