NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans police officers are investigating a criminal mischief incident that involved the vandalism of a statue near the intersection of Jefferson Davis Parkway and Canal Street.
A statue of Charles Didier Dreux, who was the first Confederate field officer killed in the Civil War, was spray painted with vulgar language Tuesday.
This comes just over a year since the city started removing Confederate Era monuments.
People stopped by to take a look at the sprayed on message.
"If he's a Confederate soldier or someone who stands for those types of things its a valid statement. I think if we're going to be anti-that movement we should do it totally and take down all of the statues that are related to the confederacy," Charly Wohlert said.
"The people who go and do this stuff are ridiculous. How can you change history by tearing down statues?" Charles Washmon said.
A passerby decided to cover the profanities on the monument.
"I was going down Canal and I saw this obscenity in red ink on this monument here and I had a tarp in the back of my truck and I said, let me cover this up until it's addressed by someone. I don't know if, there's a school over there... so I just took it upon myself to do that," Jerry Fletcher said.
Investigators are working to determine when the vandalism occurred.
Four Confederate-era monuments were removed from the city in 2017. The Dreux bust was closest to the Jefferson Davis monument.
The statue has been vandalized at least twice before.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the First District at 504-658-6010.