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Someone defaced the Police Memorial on Museum Campus Drive last weekend. / photo from Chicago Police

Someone defaced the Police Memorial on Museum Campus Drive last weekend. / photo from Chicago Police

CHICAGO (CBS) — Police detectives are trying to find those responsible for defacing a Chicago Police memorial wall last week. WBBM’s Bob Roberts has the latest.

Someone scrawled graffiti on the Gold Star Families Memorial, located just east of Soldier Field, sometime late Friday or early Saturday.

City and Chicago Park District crews removed the scrawl, and it appears there is no permanent damage to the memorial wall, but Memorial Foundation President Phil Cline, the former superintendent, said it is a slap in the face.

“It is despicable that someone would do that, especially to a memorial that is honoring heroes, and that is something that I will never understand. Families are the ones that are hurt the most by this,” said Cline.

It is not the first time the memorial has been defaced. One vandal received three years in prison. Cline backs legislation that would increase the penalty.

Anyone with information should call Area Central detectives, at (312) 747- 8380.