Case built to protect Confederate monument vandalized twice

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Mecklenburg County officials have encased a Confederate monument in a Plexiglas barrier to prevent it from being vandalized again.

The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/1JATkAa ) that the county has built a wooden frame over the 1929 granite pillar at the Grady Cole Center and installed a transparent Plexiglas container around it.

Authorities say the monument has been vandalized twice. On July 15, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say the monument had been smeared with liquid cement. Earlier this month, police say the names of eight of the nine people killed in the June shooting in a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, were spray-pained on the monument.

The county has spent up to $750 to clean and restore the monument twice. A county spokesman says safeguarding the monument cost $1,600.

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