Police investigating after Lincoln Memorial defaced

The Lincoln Memorial was vandalized on Tuesday Aug.15 2017 according to officials

Work to remove the words is underway.

"A gel-type architectural paint stripper that is safe for use on historic stone", will be used to clean the memorial, the Park Service said in a statement.

News4 spotted additional damage to the Lincoln Memorial Tuesday afternoon.

A Smithsonian directory sign near the National Mall was also defaced with silver spray paint, officials discovered Tuesday.

The Lincoln Memorial was vandalized with an expletive written in red paint. Any words were indecipherable, NBC Washington reported.

A column at the Lincoln Memorial was spray-painted with a vulgar message early Tuesday in another act of vandalism at a monument in the nation's capital. The graffiti read: "Jackie shot JFK", "blood test is a lie, leukemia, cancer HIV get a second option", and "9/11/01... pilots fly planes into WTC".

Kevin Hall, a US serviceman who took his family to the Lincoln Memorial after the vandalism in February, said he took it personally.

Vandalism shuttered the monument in July 2013 when someone threw a smattering a green paint against the statue's left leg, and someone drew on it with permanent black marker six months ago. She was arrested but later found incompetent to stand trial.

The monument, which overlooks the National Mall and Capitol Building, is now being cleaned using a "mild, gel-type architectural paint stripper", according to a report on NBC News.

The United States Park Police is investigating the incident.

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