Press Release/Request for Public Assistance
From: Chief Donald B. Anderson
Ref: Criminal Mischief to Police Memorial
Location: 25 Hecker Avenue, Darien, CT
Incident # 2020-011999
The Darien Police Department is investigating an incident of Criminal Mischief that was discovered on August 18, 2020. Standing outside of the Darien Police Department building is a stone monument that commemorates and memorializes the line of duty deaths of two Darien police officers; Officer William E. Bowman, killed in the line of duty on November 18, 1927 and Officer Kenneth E. Bateman, Jr., killed in the line of duty on May 31, 1981.
The evidence points to the fact that the perpetrator(s), currently unknown, shot at the monument with some type of wax “paintball.” This act is completely abhorrent and defies any sense of reasonable or lawful conduct. The department is fully aware of the ongoing protests around the country concerning various monuments and statues. The defacing of this memorial, erected to honor and remember officers who gave their lives in service to the Town of Darien, is shocking to the conscience and completely deplorable.
An investigation is currently underway to identify those responsible for this act, including the focused review of available video. I would respectfully ask the public’s assistance as well in attempting to identify those responsible for this cowardly and malicious act. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Darien Police Department Detective Division at (203) 662-5330, via an anonymous tip at www.tipsubmit.com, or sending a text to “CRIMES” (274637) with the keyword darientips from a mobile device. All calls will be kept confidential.