COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. (WMC) - Friday, the Confederate monument located on the Collierville Town Square was vandalized.
Police say six suspects spray painted and poured some type of adhesive with feathers on it.
“They took six people into custody that had been involved in the vandalism, they were charged with vandalism over $1,000,” said Dale Lane, Collierville Police Chief.
Chief Lane says the suspects attempted to flee the scene in two vehicles. Officers were able to stop both vehicles.
People visiting the square say vandalism is not the answer.
“Destruction is destruction regardless of people’s political beliefs and there’s proper process to use and voice your opinions but the vandalism is never [OK],” said David Hollowell.
“I think it’s unfortunate. I think there’s probably better ways to handle your displeasure than damaging property,” said Courtney Kaufman.
Outside the Collierville Town Courthouse, a small group of people are asking for the charges of the six suspects to be reduced and want to see the monument moved.
“The laws don’t want to actually change so people In power don’t want to actually see change in the world and it’s up to people to take it in their own hands,” said Salamander Pride, activist.
The six suspects are not Collierville residents and their bonds range from $10-$15,000.
Their names and bonds are listed below:
Officials say town employees are in the process of cleaning the vandalized areas.