NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A memorial at a local cemetery that honors fallen police officers has been vandalized, according to officials with the Louisiana Law Enforcement Memorial.
A post on the organization's Facebook page states that the memorial, located at Lake Lawn Metairie Cemetery, was damaged not long after fallen NOPD officer Vernell Brown Jr. was laid to rest Saturday.
The post reads: "It is with great sorrow we report that the Memorial has been vandalized. We have no words to express how saddened we are and can't express the pain this horrible act has caused, especially not even a day after we laid Officer Brown to rest. We will not allow this act to lessen or diminish the selfless sacrifice our fallen Brothers and Sisters have made. We will keep you all updated."
The vandalism comes less than 24 hours after fallen officer Vernell Brown Jr. was laid to rest at the cemetery on Saturday morning. Brown was struck by a car July 12. He was working a crash on U.S. 90 at the I-10 East split with two recruits when the crash happened. As he stepped out of the police cruiser, investigators say two cars crashed, one of which hit Brown, sending him into a coma from which he would never emerge.
If you have any information that could help police locate who is responsible for the damage, call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.