Early this morning, the New England Holocaust Memorial was vandalized.
The memorial consists of six glass pillars etched with millions of numbers representing the numbered tattoos millions of Jews received in the death camps. Each pillar not only represents one of the six million Jews slaughtered by the Nazis but also the six extermination camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Madjanek, Chelmno, Sobibor, Belzec, and Treblinka.
Just before 2 AM on Wednesday, a man threw a rock at the glass memorial. Immediately following the vandalism, the Boston Police Department arrested the alleged suspect. In an email to The Daily Wire, the Boston Police Department summarized the incident leading to the arrest of 21-year-old James Isaac:
At about 1:55 AM on Wednesday June 28, 2017, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call for a vandalism in progress at the Jewish Holocaust Memorial located at 98 Union Street in Boston. On arrival, officers were informed that the suspect, later identified as James Isaac, 21, of Roxbury, had been observed throwing a rock which caused a glass panel of the memorial to shatter. Officers searched the area and quickly located the suspect who was positively identified and placed in custody without incident. The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Willful and Malicious Destruction of Property and Destruction of a Place of Memorial.
Willful and malicious destruction of property is defined in Chapter 266, Section 127 of the Massachusetts General Laws, which states:
Whoever destroys or injures the personal property, dwelling house or building of another in any manner or by any means not particularly described or mentioned in this chapter shall, if such destruction or injury is wilful and malicious, be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than ten years or by a fine of three thousand dollars or three times the value of the property so destroyed or injured, whichever is greater and imprisonment in jail for not more than two and one-half years; or if such destruction or injury is wanton, shall be punished by a fine of fifteen hundred dollars or three times the value of the property so destroyed or injured, whichever is greater, or by imprisonment for not more than two and one-half years; if the value of the property so destroyed or injured is not alleged to exceed two hundred and fifty dollars, the punishment shall be by a fine of three times the value of the damage or injury to such property or by imprisonment for not more than two and one-half months; provided, however, that where a fine is levied pursuant to the value of the property destroyed or injured, the court shall, after conviction, conduct an evidentiary hearing to ascertain the value of the property so destroyed or injured. The words ''personal property'', as used in this section, shall also include electronically processed or stored data, either tangible or intangible, and data while in transit.
Destruction of a Place of Memorial is defined in Chapter 272, Section 73 of the Massachusetts General Laws, which states:
Whoever wilfully destroys, mutilates, defaces, injures or removes a tomb, monument, gravestone, American flag, veteran's grave marker, metal plaque, veteran's commemorative flag holder, commemorative flag holder representing service in a police or fire department, veteran's flag holder that commemorates a particular war, conflict or period of service or flag, or other structure or thing which is placed or designed for a memorial of the dead, or a fence railing, curb or other thing which is intended for the protection or ornament of a structure or thing before mentioned or of an enclosure for the burial of the dead, or wilfully removes, destroys, mutilates, cuts, breaks or injures a tree, shrub or plant placed or being within such enclosure, or wantonly or maliciously disturbs the contents of a tomb or a grave, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than five years or by imprisonment in the jail or house of correction for not more than two and one-half years and by a fine of not more than five thousand dollars. In addition, the court shall order any person convicted of an offense pursuant to this section to pay restitution to the owner of the property that was damaged, destroyed, mutilated, defaced, injured or removed.
The Boston Globe reports that Mr. Isaac may also face civil rights charges for targeting the memorial.