Downtown Jacksonville's Andrew Jackson Statue Vandalized For Second Time In Week

Jul 6, 2015

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For the second time in a week the Andrew Jackson statue in front of the Jacksonville Landing was vandalized.

Early Sunday, someone spray-painted "Black Lives Matter" and "Justice for D" a reference to D'Angelo Stallworth who was shot and killed by officers from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office in May.

Officers were serving an eviction at the Planters Walk Apartment complex on Blanding Boulevard. Police say Stallworth put a gun to one of the officer's chest.

JSO said that Stallworth got into a confrontation and ran from the officers, but turned toward the officers before being shot.

Rick Block, attorney for the Stallworth family, claims that Stallworth was shot in the back.

Block said the independent autopsy commissioned by the family found a lot of inconsistencies with JSO account of the incident.

On June 30 someone placed a fake Native American head on the monument.

Jackson was the seventh president of the U.S. and was an American military figure who led several campaigns against the Seminole Indians in Florida, including the Second Seminole War, which started in 1835 and lasted for over six years.

The city of Jacksonville is named after Jackson, though some people think his presidency and the policies he enacted related to Native Americans were part of an ugly chapter in American history.

The spray paint on the statue was power washed off shortly before noon Saturday.