Woman cited for vandalism of statue in southeast Portland park

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – Portland police say a woman has been cited for vandalism after a statue was spray painted in Mount Tabor Park on Tuesday morning.

Investigators gathered information that helped identify the suspect as 43-year-old Jeanette K. Grode. She was issued a citation in lieu of custody for second-degree criminal mischief, abuse of venerated objects, unlawful applying of graffiti, Portland city code vandalism and protection of park property and vegetation. Grode was not lodged at jail due to booking restrictions.

Police say Grode vandalized the statue of the explorer, York. The statue was put in the park in February and replaced the one for Harvey Scott that was toppled over in 2020.

Portland Parks and Recreation says crews have been working to remove the paint and figure out how much the damage will be.

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fostermom

Why was she arrested but not others? Why is this statue even there? The statue of Harvey Scott belongs there.

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Hookie

Another good example of how they pick and choose on who gets prosecuted in Portland - wise up Portland treat all law breakers equal , no free passes to anyone !

nativepdx

Why is this unauthorized statue still up there?

Where are the arrests for destroying the Elk statue and water fountain in Portland?

Kalvin Goldman

Why is it this is vandalism, and all statues destroyed by the various Portland riots were considered free speech?

Delta Bravo

Enforce the law equally. If "free speech" defaced and toppled statues last summer, the same rules apply this summer. Free the woman. This is no crime. It is life as usual in Portland.

slippery

I'm 100% behind her. This made the news because the statue was a black person. If it were a white person, the media wouldn't care. The statue is racist and should be removed.

DefundTheMedia

Considering the statue was NOT authorized to be put there, I think she should not receive any citation.

DefundTheMedia

Can't say I blame her.

devils advocate

So Antifa topples the statues of the early settlers and they replace them with obvious attempts at racial appropriation. What goes up if this one topples, Lebron James?

DefundTheMedia

Oh heck no!

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