US police investigating vandalism of officer memorial

The harsh red and black spray painted symbol was covered up in blue that fellow officers painted to honor officer Cody Brotherson.

A memorial of a West Valley City police officer

By Bassel Barakat

A memorial of a West Valley City police officer who was killed on duty was vandalized by an unidentified man on Friday in West Valley city, Utah.

According to West Valley City Police Lt. M.T. Johnson, The ultimate sacrifice symbol was plastered with red and black paint.

“There are certain places out there that can trigger certain emotions and that’s certainly one of those places that can do that,” Johnson said.

Previously, the harsh red and black spray painted symbol was covered up in blue that fellow officers painted to honor officer Cody Brotherson.

“I was actually a sergeant on the road when Cody was first hired,” Johnson said.

Botherson was just 25-year-old when he was fatally killed by three teenagers running from police in a stolen car. He was killed while trying to put down tire spikes. The suspects, ages 14, 15, and 16, will be in juvenile detention until they turn 21, FOX 13 reported.

“Cody was a great kid to work with and so it’s nice having that memorial to be able to pass by from time to time and remember the sacrifice that he made for us,” Johnson said.

“It’s where he sacrificed his life in service of the community and it’s a memoriam to him and someone has gone out and vandalized it,” Johnson said.

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