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Vandals try to pull down Chicago park’s McKinley statue

Vandals try to pull down Chicago park’s McKinley statue

CHICAGO (AP) — Police say vandals tried to topple a Chicago park’s statue of President William McKinley overnight using a rope tethered to a car.

The attempt to pull down the statue at McKinley Park on the city’s southwest side failed about 4 a.m. Wednesday, but police said the statue was spray-painted with graffiti.

WGN-TV reports that the graffiti included the words “Land Back.”

No one was in custody for the attack on the statue of McKinley, who was president from 1897 to 1901.

WBBM-TV reports that McKinley’s push for westward expansion is now widely criticized as racist for pushing Indigenous people off their land.