Christopher Columbus statue is beheaded in Boston

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MARCH 01: A general view of the memorial statue of Christopher Columbus in Christopher Columbus Park on March 1, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)

BOSTON -- Boston police launched an investigation Wednesday after the city’s Christopher Columbus statue was beheaded overnight.

Images taken at Christopher Columbus Park Wednesday morning show the head of the monument lying on the ground next to its base, surrounded by crime scene tape.

In that incident -- which reportedly was preceded by a peaceful protest for indigenous people -- the statue’s base was also spray painted and someone left a cardboard sign on top of it that read “Columbus represents genocide.”

The beheading of the Columbus statue in Boston is not the first time it has been vandalized.

In 2015, someone spray-painted “Black Lives Matter” on its base.

Boston’s Parks and Recreation commissioner said at the time that while they encourage public discourse, destroying property isn’t the way to go about it, WFXT reports.

Fox News’ Brie Stimson contributed to this report. 

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