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Allendale Township files misdemeanor charges after controversial statue defaced

Allendale statue cleaned up after being "tarred and feathered"
Posted at 6:21 PM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 18:27:21-05

ALLENDALE, Mich. — Allendale Township has filed charges against four people following the defacing of a Civil War statue in the township park last month.

All charges are under local township ordinance, issued by the township attorney.

On Monday, Jan. 4, a clown face was painted on the union soldier portion of the statue, with what appeared to be a garbage bag placed on the Confederate portion.

One man and one woman are being charged for defacing of a monument and littering.

Four days after this incident, the statue was tarred and feathered by three people.

Two women and one man are being charged with defacing of a monument, littering, and being in the park after hours.

Both charges are misdemeanor offenses, carrying a fine of up to $500 and 90 days in jail per conviction.

The Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists, who is in favor of seeing the statue removed, has yet to comment on the charges.

Names of those who defaced the monument have not been released at this time.