WAR ON COPS: Louisiana Police Memorial Destroyed By Vandals
The eternal flame that serves as the centerpiece for a memorial that honors Louisiana law enforcement officers was destroyed last weekend hours after the funeral for a fallen officer.
The vandals ripped apart the structure housing the flame the night after Officer Vernell Brown, Jr. was laid to rest at the Lake Lawn Metairie Cemetery where the memorial is located. Brown was killed in the line of duty while investigating a vehicle fire. Brown, 47, was a seventeen-year veteran of the NOPD.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued a statement Monday announcing he was donating $2500 from his campaign funds to help rebuild the memorial.
“NEW ORLEANS – Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu donated $2,500 from his campaign fund to support the restoration of the Louisiana Law Enforcement Officers Memorial after vandals damaged the solemn site on Sunday, July 26. The memorial, located at the Lake Lawn Metairie Cemetery, features an eternal flame commemorating and honoring fallen Louisiana law enforcement officers and their legacy of service and sacrifice.
“On July 26, vandals destroyed the metal vessel of the memorial that supports the gas-powered eternal flame. Just hours earlier, the memorial was the site of a memorial service for New Orleans Police Officer Vernell Brown Jr., who was killed in the line of duty in a traffic incident on U.S. Highway 90B earlier this month. He was a 17-year veteran of the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD). In June, 22-year NOPD veteran Officer Daryle Holloway was also killed in the line of duty when he was shot and killed by a suspect he was transporting to Orleans Parish Prison.
““In the last month, we have laid to rest two sons of this community who died honorably serving the city they loved. We will not stand for the desecration of the memorial that honors the memory of our fallen heroes. I am disappointed that vandals would care so little about a memorial that honors those who have sacrificed so much for us,” said Mayor Landrieu.