Memorial honoring police vandalized in central Ohio

GALION, Ohio (AP) — A memorial honoring police officers has been vandalized in central Ohio.

Galion police say the marble stone purchased by a police union was found covered in yellow paint over the weekend. Police are asking for the public’s help in investigating the crime.

Police say the vandalism that occurred within the past few days was reported Saturday, just before National Peace Officers Memorial Day on Sunday and National Police Week.

Galion Police Lt. Marc Rodriguez says officers are angry and offended by the act and its timing.

But Rodriguez says police have received support in the wake of the vandalism. He says businesses have offered to help with cleaning or replacing the memorial.

Police in the city about 60 miles north of Columbus say the same memorial was vandalized in 2014.

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