'Stunning image' shows 'toppled' George Washington statue at GWU

  • A bust of George Washington on the George Washington University campus was toppled by rioters.
  • The example is just one of numerous vandalism occurrences around the country in recent weeks.

A number of crimes have taken place in Washington, D.C. in recent weeks as rioters ravaged the nation's capital. George Washington University, located in the city, has also had its fair share of violent protests, including the vandalism of a bust of the country's first president, George Washington.

The GW Hatchet identified six protest-related incidents in late-May and early June. Conservative activist Kara Zupkus took to Twitter to point out how the bust of George Washington on the campus of George Washington University in downtown Washington, D.C. was gone. 

"A GWPD officer found the head of a George Washington statue removed from a stand"   

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"A stunning image– looks like GW may have removed George Washington's head to protect it from riots in DC. Truly disconcerting times," Zupkus wrote. It was not clear at that time whether the university had removed the bust for fear it might be vandalized or if rioters had damaged the statue. 


In a later tweet, Zupkus  provided an "update," saying "apparently he was toppled."


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The campus newspaper recently published a campus crime log, which included the vandalism of the George Washington bust.

"A GWPD officer found the head of a George Washington statue removed from a stand near the Greek Townhouses at the corner of 23rd and F streets. The head was found laying at the base of the stand. GWPD called Facilities Services following the discovery," the log reported.

Officers investigated a broken window at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design building, as well as a broken front window and a broken protective screen over a store counter in the GW Deli, and a shattered window at the front entrance to a CVS. 

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At George Washington University, several student organizations have collectively issued a list of demands, which include requesting that the GWPD adjust its relationship with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., and avoid calling on the department for “low-threat campus incidents involving students.” 

“Our community’s goal is to improve our relationship with GWPD, and are appreciative of individual officers who have put forth the effort to do so,” the students wrote. 

GWPD has no suspects or witnesses in its investigation to determine who is responsible for the vandalism of the George Washington bust.

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Maria Copeland is a Virginia Campus Correspondent, reporting on liberal bias and abuse on campus for Campus Reform. She is originally from Herndon, Virginia and received her Associates of Arts in Communications from Northern Virginia Community College this May. She will attend James Madison University in the Fall. While on campus, Maria was Gupta Family Foundation Scholar, Vice President of the Loudoun Student Government Association, Vice President of the Loudoun Writing Association, and a Student Ambassador for the Honors Program. She was also a Page for the Fairfax County Public Library. Maria was also a Campus Reform intern Summer 2020.

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