Police probe Columbus Day vandalism in Philadelphia

Vandals spray painted on the History of Italian Immigration Museum. (Google Maps)

Vandals spray painted on the History of Italian Immigration Museum. (Google Maps)

Police are investigating several cases of vandalism related to Columbus Day in Philadelphia.

A police spokeswoman says there were several “Fascist” and “End Columbus Day” messages spray-painted onto the Christopher Columbus statue in South Philadelphia.

She said similar messages were spray-painted onto the building of the History of Italian Immigration Museum in South Philadelphia as well as on several manhole covers.

Police were calling both cases “racial/defamation” incidents. No arrests were immediately reported.

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