BOSTON, Mass. (AP NEWS)- A statue of Christopher Columbus in Boston has been beheaded.
The head of the statue located in a waterfront park near the city’s traditionally Italian North End was found on the ground early Wednesday morning, according to broadcast reports.
Police were investigating and there was no word on any arrests.
The statue has been vandalized in the past. It was splashed with red paint in June 2015 with the words “Black Lives Matter” spray-painted on the base.
The statue’s head also went missing in 2006. It was found six days later.
Statues have been targeted by protesters around the world speaking out against police brutality.
A Columbus statue in Richmond, Virginia was toppled and thrown into a lake on Tuesday night.
Statues of Columbus across the nation are often vandalized on Columbus Day in October as the 15th century explorer has become a polarizing figure.
Native American advocates have pressed states to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day over concerns that Columbus spurred centuries of genocide against indigenous populations in the Americas.