Fallen officer memorial vandalized. Suspect caught after he left his cell phone there.

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DOVER, DE – Police in the city of Dover have arrested a 42-year-old suspect they allege to be responsible for vandalizing the Delaware Law Enforcement Memorial. What led to this suspect’s arrest, according to police, was a misplaced cell phone left at the scene of the memorial.

Authorities have charged Kyle Bullock for the damage sustained by the Delaware Law Enforcement Memorial on June 12, after locals reported seeing someone hitting the memorial with a sledgehammer in the early morning hours.

Fallen officer memorial vandalized. Suspect caught after he left his cell phone there.
Kyle Bullock – Dover Police Department

The Dover Police Department had gotten the call about the vandalism at approximately 5:35 a.m. on the 12th, but when police arrived at the scene, there was no suspect initially found.

The memorial, which portrayed a kneeling officer, was shown to have sustained severe damage to the portion of the officer’s neck.

At the scene, police also found a discarded axe and two Delaware state flags that had been allegedly urinated on.

Fallen officer memorial vandalized. Suspect caught after he left his cell phone there.
Axe found at the scene, with te sledge hammer end that was described by a witness

But there was more at the scene than just the axe and desecrated state flags – police also found a cell phone.

Bullock had shown up to the scene of the vandalized memorial while officers were investigating the damage and told police that he’d lost his cell phone while participating during a protest sometime earlier and was seeing if police had seen one lying around.

Fallen officer memorial vandalized. Suspect caught after he left his cell phone there.
Delaware Law Enforcement Memorial criminal damage

Authorities say that video evidence obtained later on during the investigation showed the person in search of his cell phone happened to also be the vandal they were looking for.

Police were said to have quickly obtained a warrant for Bullock’s arrest, and took him into custody at his residence during the evening of the 12th.

Bullock was arrested for felony criminal mischief resulting in damage over $5,000 and was held on a cash bond of $5,100.  

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This anti-cop sentiment has been widespread, and even managed to make it’s way into the great state of Texas. 

There’s been a myriad of instances of vandalism and graffiti that have cropped up during the protests that swept throughout the country.

But one vandalism case depicting a police officer hanging from a noose found on the side of a Houston tattoo shop is very telling of the sentiments of some of these vandals among the protesters.

The disturbing mural was said to be found along the side of the building of 290 Ink in Houston. Apparently, the owner of the tattoo parlor had painted over the alarming depiction of violence upon discovering the graffiti.

Houston Police Officers’ Union President Joe Gamaldi had a picture of the vandalism, and posted said image to Facebook with the following caption:

“We are better than this Houston. Also, the dirtbag who painted this didn’t even get our uniform shirt right.”

On the post, Gamaldi further noted that while portions of the population are emotional at this time, showcasing images of killing police officers does not meaningfully contribute to the national dialogoue:

“We realize emotions are running high, but this solves nothing and helps nothing. We are very thankful to the owner of this property, who after discovering this hateful graffiti, painted over it immediately. This image does not represent the view of 99.99% of Americans and we will not let hate run our city. We are #HoustonStrong.”

The police union president also mentioned within the post that if anyone has insight as to who might have painted the abhorrent depiction, to please reach out to their Facebook page via Messenger.

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