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Lincoln Memorial vandalized, splashed with green paint (UPDATED)

By Leigh Goessl     Jul 26, 2013 in Crime
Washington - Vandals reportedly splashed green paint on the Lincoln Memorial located on the National Mall. The U.S. Park Police are currently investigating the crime.
Green paint was discovered to be splashed on the Lincoln Memorial about 1 a.m. Friday morning. United States Park Police closed the memorial after the vandalism was discovered, according to WSUA News 9.
Investigators plan to review video from surveillance cameras to try and ascertain who splashed paint on the Memorial's statue, pedestal and floor, reported MyFoxDC.
Authorities believe the act was intentional.
Police indicated no "discernable letters or markings" were made, CNN said in its report.
Clean-up is expected to begin sometime this morning. At this time, it is not known how long the Lincoln Memorial will be closed to visitors.
The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in 1922 and draws millions of visitors each year. Crowds of people can be observed visiting the memorial at almost any given time.
Update: July 26, 9:30 p.m.
At this time authorities have examined surveillance tapes and are looking for a person of interest, reported NBC News Washington. The memorial is reopened and no permanent damage has been done.
U.S. Park Police Union President Ian Glick released the following statement as carried by several media outlets:
This type of reprehensible act is unfortunate but it did not permanently damage the memorial and this incident further underscores the need for the National Park Service to provide more funding and more personnel so as to provide a higher level of deterrence through officer presence. We are fortunate that this deplorable act can be remedied but caution that we are lucky that this wasn't an act of terrorism.
According to MyFoxHouston, a reporter asked U.S. Park Police Lt. Pam Smith if staffing has been impacted by sequestration.
“At this point I really can’t answer that question - I’m sure you all understand what sequestration has done to most federal agencies – as it relates to the U.S. Park Police we’ve had some impact – but as far of the details of that, I can’t into that right now," said Smith.
The Lincoln Memorial is open 24 hours a day, however Parks Rangers leave their posts at 10 p.m. and return around 9 a.m. Parks Police do maintain 24-hour patrols.
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