PD Memorial Shattered: Persons of Interest on Video, Company Vows to Pay for Fix
Days after the Northern Kentucky Police Memorial was shattered by vandals, investigators released video of possible people of interest while a Covington business offered to pay in full for its replacement.
Police believe the memorial, located at the south end of the Roebling Suspension Bridge in Covington, was targeted by vandals on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning as the Major League Baseball All-Star Game was played across the Ohio River in Cincinnati.
Damage of Northern Kentucky Police Memorial (RCN file)
This surveillance video was made available and Covington Police believe it may feature persons of interest in the criminal case. (Story continues below.)
Meanwhile, funds for repairs and replacements will be paid for by a Covington-based business.
Performance Lexus RiverCenter offered to pay for the entire cost of replacement, the Northern Kentucky Police Memorial announced via Facebook. "General Manager Lisa Bernstein felt it was their civic duty to cover the entire replacement cost of this monument to those who have given and continue to give so much to protect our community," the post read.
"I think it is wonderful that so many people want to help restore the monument, but please feel free to divert those monies/donations to other worthy causes," Bernstein said in a statement. "I believe that the families of the fallen have already sacrificed enough and our thoughts and prayers are with them. We would also like to help in the re-dedication of the monument once the replacement has been made. It will show our community that despite the disrespectful actions of a few, a community cannot be divided by such (malicious) actions. Quick action to restore the monument that honors those who served and have given their lives for all of us, and their families for all their sacrifice, will send a message and our message will be strong."
A second "generous commitment" was also made towards replacing the monument, the Facebook post read, but that entity requested anonymity. Those funds will go towards the cost of installing security cameras to deter potential vandalism in the future. The memorial noted on Facebook that it is not actively seeking donations but for those wishing to help with the projects, checks will be accepted by the Northern Kentucky Police Chief's Association at P.O. Box 18784, Erlanger, KY, 41018, and indicate in the memo line that the funds are for the security camera project.