Indianapolis man arrested for vandalizing Confederate monument in Garfield Park

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UPDATE (Feb. 21, 2019)-- Anthony Ventura pleaded guilty to criminal mischief damage and a charge of cemetery mischief was dismissed. He was sentenced to 361 days of probation. He will pay $355 in fines and he must stay away from Garfield Park.

Original story:

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- IMPD has arrested a 30-year-old man for allegedly vandalizing the Confederate monument in Garfield Park.

According to authorities,  Anthony Ventura was arrested at around noon in the 2400 block of Shelby Street following the alleged incident.

After a video started making the rounds on social media, folks in the area, like Rex Staples, came out to see the damage.

Anthony Ventura

"It's stupid, it don’t really make any sense, you know?" said Staples, " because they’re really not doing anything.”

Following an Indianapolis Star article earlier this week, some city leaders have called for a discussion on whether the monument’s current spot is really the best place for it.

The memorial honors around 1,600 Confederate soldiers and sailors who died while POWs at Camp Morton in Indianapolis during the Civil War. The remains of those soldiers are actually buried at Crown Hill Cemetery.

There's no word yet on how much damage was caused during the incident Saturday afternoon.

Take a look at footage of the vandalizing from @mass_ave on Twitter.

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