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Wisconsin memorial vandalized, referencing Missouri protests

(NBC15)
Published: Sep. 16, 2017 at 7:37 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's law enforcement memorial in Madison has been vandalized with a reference to the protests in St. Louis.

On Saturday morning, officials discovered the memorial outside the state Capitol was spray-painted with the words "Justice4AnthonySmith."

The phrase is in reference to protests that began Friday after the acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley in the 2011 shooting death of 24-year-old Anthony Smith, who was black. The protests continued Saturday.

Capitol police are investigating and the vandalism will be cleaned up as soon as possible.

The protests in St. Louis were mostly peaceful on Friday, until a window was broken at the mayor's home and officers in riot gear used a chemical irritant to disperse the crowds. Several people were arrested.

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