Eagan police cancel community event after protesters show up, vandalize statue

Police indicated that protesters showed up and vandalized property, including a police statue that was spray-painted with an expletive and “BLM.”

The Eagan Police Department is seeking information on suspects who vandalized a statue and sprayed graffiti on other property outside the city’s Community Center Tuesday evening.

Police say the damage occurred during a protest that was organized to counter an event planned by police.

The Eagan Police Department posted on its Facebook page Wednesday, stating that officers had scheduled a community conversations event to “hear citizens’ concerns surrounding policing,” but canceled the event when the department learned a competing protest was planned for the same time.

Although protest organizers said their event would be a peaceful rally, the post stated “this was far from the case.”

Police indicated that protesters showed up and vandalized property, including a police statue that was spray-painted with an expletive and “BLM.” Another photo showed a woman spray-painting a wall with another expletive.

Police are asking that anyone with information who can identify the vandalism suspects contact (651) 675-5799 or eaganpd@cityofeagan.com.

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