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Vandal Charged After Damaging Confederate Monument

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers says a gate will stay up around the monument for the foreseeable future.

INDIANAPOLIS -- (RTV6) A gate now surrounds the Confederate monument in Garfield Park after a hammer-wielding man vandalized the statue Saturday afternoon.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers say the gate will stay up around the monument for the foreseeable future.

Anthony Ventura, 30, was arrested Saturday after he was caught on video beating the monument with a hammer. Ventura is charged with vandalism.

IndyParks has been debating whether to remove the monument from Garfield Park since the events in Charlottesville.

The memorial commemorates the burial of 1,616 Confederate soldiers who died at Camp Morton while prisoners of war. Local historians said unlike many of the monuments found across the country, the structure in Garfield Park does not attempt to glorify the Confederate soldiers' cause.

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