Six people were arrested Thursday night as protesters vandalized the Maine Monument in Central Park, police said.
Demonstrators gathered inside the park around 11 p.m. Thursday and scrawled graffiti on the monument near Columbus Circle, cops said.
Taggers scrawled “ACAB” — an abbreviation for “All Cops Are Bastards” — on the base of the monument as well as “Stop killing kids” and “Stonewall was a riot.”
Red paint was also splattered on the figures at the base of the monument.
Following the beat of a drum band, about 200 people marched to the monument to “correct the history of white supremacy,” according to one speaker.
The Maine Monument honors the 260 American sailors who died on the U.S.S. Maine, which sank near Havana, Cuba in 1898. The monument was dedicated in 1913, according to the Central Park Conservancy website.
“We respect’s everyone right to peacefully protest, but vandalism is not part of peaceful protest,” the NYPD tweeted along with a video of the graffiti left on the monument’s base. “We are working to de-escalate the situation to prevent further damage from occurring.”
Cops arrested four protesters for disorderly conduct and criminal mischief. An additional two people, who are believed to be protesters, were arrested for fighting with each other, then spitting at cops as they were taken into custody.
Charges against the two brawlers were pending Friday.