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Skateboarders damage Raleigh police memorial

Posted June 17, 2014

A memorial to Raleigh police officers who died in the line of duty sits at the entrance to the city offices on Hargett Street.

— Two months after a memorial was dedicated to Raleigh police officers who died in the line of duty, city officials said Monday that skateboarders have damaged the downtown monument.

“There already is damage that has occurred both to the plaza steps and the water table itself,” Thomas Sayre, the memorial’s creator, said in a statement. “There is increasing chipping of concrete, deposits of various materials from the undersides of the skateboards as well as a black wax, which apparently is used as a lubricant.”

A "No Skateboarding" sign is posted next to the memorial, which sits at the entrance to the Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex, at 222 W. Hargett St.

“It is a shame that this place of honor and sacrifice is being used as a playground,” retired Raleigh Police Maj. Dennis Lane, president of the Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation, said in a statement. “We worked for five years to raise the funds to honor these Raleigh officers who made the ultimate sacrifice. I never thought it would not be respected by the public.”


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  • Arthur Raleigh Jun 18, 2014
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  • goldenosprey Jun 18, 2014

    You mean, skateboarders are causing damage to a concrete structure in a high-traffic downtown setting surrounded by pavement???

    Who could have possibly seen this coming???

    Surround it with irregular pavement or tightly concentric rings of stones or risers, then little Tony Hawk will resume scuffing handrails elsewhere. Not rocket science. people.

  • ncprr1 Jun 18, 2014

    Somebody should call the police.

  • A person Jun 18, 2014

    I never thought it would not be respected by the public.”
    It is just a reflection of what the public thinks of the officers and the lack of respect the RPD shows the citizens of Raleigh

  • curiousgeorgia Jun 18, 2014

    That is terrible--but the way the world is I am, sadly, not surprised. Could be disrespectful adults, too. There are plenty of those around who need to grow up.

  • tdouble232323 Jun 18, 2014

    Maybe those kids will go do some drugs and really give the cops something to chase their tails around with.

  • LocalYokel Jun 18, 2014

    An urban design that was not skateboard proof and wax damages it? Shame on the designers.

  • Shaking My Head In Amusement Jun 17, 2014

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    I was looking for the "like" option under this! Like the old sayin goes, "you break it, you buy it." Hold them accountable for damages and I bet they'll quit!

  • Wacky_dood Jun 17, 2014

    Isn't vandalism still a crime in North Carolina? Arrest them and make them pay restitution.

  • Brian Huff Jun 17, 2014
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    Skateboarding is not a crime... until it is a crime