BPD Seeks the Public’s Help in Effort to Identify Person Responsible for Vandalism Done to Several Memorials at Mount Hope Cemetery in Mattapan: Earlier today, Tuesday, March 19, 2019, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to the Mount Hope Cemetery in Mattapan where several memorial monuments, including one which is dedicated to fallen Boston Police officers, were reported vandalized. The Boston Police Relief Association Memorial (see photo) was erected in honor and memory of officers who have passed away. Detectives are in the early stages of the investigation which remains active and ongoing at this time. Additional vandalized memorials include the Civil War, Spanish American War, WWI & WWII monument altar, Knights of Columbus and Free Masons memorials.
Said Police Commissioner William Gross, “How incredibly distasteful and disheartening it is to learn about the damage done to the memorials at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Mattapan. Clearly, these memorials are meant to honor and show great respect to those, whether they be veterans or police officers, who spent a lifetime in dedicated service to our city and nation. I find it beyond reprehensible and wrong that anyone would think it okay to damage and desecrate such hallowed grounds. Clearly, we hope to quickly identify and hold accountable the person responsible for these misguided and hateful actions.”
The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact District B-3 Detectives at (617) 343-4712.
Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.