Police: 7 arrested for vandalizing Columbus statue in Miami

Posted at 7:09 AM, Jun 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-11 07:11:49-04

MIAMI — Miami police say seven people were arrested for vandalizing statues of Christopher Columbus and Juan Ponce de León in the city.

The arrests happened after a chaotic scene ensued where protesters had a confrontation with police.

News outlets report the altercation occurred after demonstrators spray painted statues of Columbus and León in Bayfront Park with the letters “George Floyd,” “BLM," and a hammer and sickle.

Police say officers were assaulted and their car was damaged when they arrived at the scene.

News outlets report some protesters had been blocking police cars and a video from the scene shows police tackling one protester to the ground.