A tree dedicated to the unarmed black teen fatally shot by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer last year was cut down just one day after it was planted.
Police said the small tree, which was purchased by the Chicago-based Black Caucus of the American Library and planted Saturday in Ferguson, was damaged by vandals, Time magazine reports. A plaque in Brown's honor was also taken from the memorial Saturday or early Sunday morning.
Police told the St. Louis Dispatch that there are no witnesses or leads.
Mike Brown tree dedicated yesterday, decimated today pic.twitter.com/oUq6gHqWDj
— BlackInformant (@BlackInformant) April 20, 2015
A second sapling, which a Ferguson resident bought to commemorate a dead pet, was also damaged, city officials told the Dispatch.
Two new trees were planted Monday, according to USA Today. Officials said the plaque will be replaced later this week.
A grand jury declined to indict the shooter, Darren Wilson, in the incident.
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