Police chief: 'Karma lurking' for those who vandalized veterans' memorial

Police asking for help finding the vandals who tagged the memorial with graffiti.

The police chief of Duluth has some tough words for the people who vandalized the city's Vietnam Veterans Memorial this week.

In a fiery Facebook post on Tuesday night, Chief Mike Tusken said the vandals should reveal themselves and face justice, or risk paying a spiritual price for their crimes.

"Come forward now to repair the pain caused by your actions," Tusken writes, "or live with shame and karma lurking in the shadows you cast."

The chief is also asking anyone who knows about the crime to contact the police department.


The damage

Luckily, the damage doesn't seem to be permanent.

The culprits used a "metallic-colored paint pen" to write graffiti and "Xs" over the towns and counties whose names appear on the monument, the Duluth News Tribune reports. Commenters on Chief Tusken's Facebook post are speculating that the marks are gang-related.

The Tribune says the Duluth Parks and Recreation office ended up sending a cleaning detail to get rid of the graffiti, as promised in an official statement the city issued on Tuesday.

"The City of Duluth is disappointed and disheartened by the careless violation of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial by vandals," the statement also said.

Made of black granite and a "concrete bunker," the Northland Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a prominent part of the city's Lakewalk. It was designed by a local U.S. Navy veteran and erected in 1992, according to the American Legion.

The veterans' group says the monument lists the names of the 136 northland residents who died in Vietnam.

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