The Waterbury Police are investigating a criminal mischief complaint involving damage to the Christopher Columbus statue Saturday.
The statue on Grand Street appears to have been beheaded.
“I am deeply disappointed and disturbed by the destruction inflicted upon the Christopher Columbus statue today. The City of Waterbury, and I as Mayor, are deeply committed to taking action to address the impact and inequities caused by systemic racism. However, this type of behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated," Mayor Neil M. O’Leary said.
Protesters have been asking for the removal of the statue that stands outside of Waterbury's City Hall.
This remains an open and active investigation.