Lincoln Memorial Vandalized Overnight
Now closed for clean-up
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 26, 2013 6:26 AM CDT
Updated Jul 26, 2013 6:49 AM CDT
A US Park Police officer stands guard next to the statue of Abraham Lincoln at the memorial in Washington, Friday, July 26, 2013, after someone splattered green paint on the statue.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – The Lincoln Memorial got doused with a splatter of paint overnight in an act of vandalism that has the monument closed for clean-up today. While CBS News reports it was a patrol officer who discovered splashes of green paint on the statue's base and the floor surrounding it, NBC Washington reports a visitor to the monument around 1:30am first saw the mess and alerted police. So far no witnesses have come forward, but an investigation is under way and surveillance camera footage will be reviewed, CBS reports.

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Jul 27, 2013 2:20 AM CDT
Democrats like Lincoln because he freed the slaves. Republicans like Lincoln because he just sits there and does nothing.
Jul 26, 2013 3:14 PM CDT
Who the hell goes to see the Lincoln Memorial at 1:30 a.m.???
Jul 26, 2013 10:28 AM CDT
I'm certain this is a protest by the paula deen fans.