NOPD releases photos of McDonogh statue suspects

Chris Miller
July 14, 2020 - 1:25 pm
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The New Orleans Police Department today released photos of the people they believe knocked over a statue of John McDonogh in Lafayette Square last week.

McDononogh damage suspects

"At about 1:13 a.m., the pictured subjects were observed toppling the statue of John McDonogh in Lafayette Square in the 500 block of Saint Charles Avenue," police said in their statement.

The images show three people approaching the statue across the street from Gallier Hall.

John McDonogh was a shipping and real estate baron who left millions of dollars when he died to the cities of Baltimore and New Orleans to build public schools. He was also a slave owner, making his name and likeness a frequent target.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell's office condemned the vandalism..

Police say anyone with information should call NOPD First District detectives at (504) 658-6010. Callers can also leave anonymous tips via CRIMESTOPPERS at (504) 822-1111 or toll free at (877) 903-7867 (STOP).

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