Police have arrested four Georgia teenagers after surveillance footage caught them defacing the grave of a fallen police officer, as reported by The Telegraph. The teens allegedly walked all over the gravesite, leaving stark footprints and mud, and one of them even spit onto the soil, according to police.
Kaheem D. Chambers, 17, has been charged with criminal trespassing, along with three unnamed 16-year-old girls. The gravesite belongs to Nicholas Smarr, who died in the line of duty last year while responding to a domestic dispute.
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Smarr’s family set up the surveillance cameras after his mother, Janice Smarr, found the footprints on her son’s grave during one of her daily visits.
“I saw the footprints on the grave before we even got out of the car,” she told reporters. “He already died for the city. He needs to lie in peace.”
After reviewing the footage, and the grave itself, Americus Police Chief Mark Scott was able to identify the suspects.
“They’re very good pictures,” he said. “They were all known to officers.”
“I just can’t fathom why you would think that would be OK on anybody’s grave.”
He also alleged that the grave defacement was “obviously intentional.”
Janice Smarr believes that Chambers, who allegedly did the spitting, was once arrested by her son, which would be a motive to deface the grave.
“I think my son had arrested him before,” she said. “It’s just very disrespectful and he probably did it because he just got out of jail and he was mad at the police.”
Two of the girls already had records and face an additional charge of obstruction of a law enforcement officer. They were sent to the Regional Youth Detention Center in Macon, Georgia. They were also charged with curfew violation.
The third girl’s record was clean and she was released to her parents. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Chambers has been booked into jail. The Georgia justice system considers a 17-year-old to be an adult.
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