One 17-year-old boy and three 16-year-old girls were arrested in Georgia last week after they were caught on camera trespassing on the grave of a police officer who was killed in the line of duty, police said.
Family members of slain police officer Nicholas Smarr noticed that there were muddy footprints on his grave marker, and set up a security camera to check for any ongoing vandalism.
“I saw the footprints on the grave before we even got out of the car,” said Officer Smarr’s mother, Janice Smarr, to The Macon Telegraph. “He already died for the city. He needs to lie in peace.”
When the family reviewed the film the next day, they saw that four teenagers had visited the grave after midnight, and one had spit on his grave.
Officers were able to identify the suspects quickly.
Kaheem Chambers, 17, was charged with trespassing, along with the three girls. His name was released because in Georgia, 17-year-olds are tried as adults.
“I think my son had arrested him before,” Smarr 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.”
The two girls with prior arrests were also charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer and sent to the Regional Youth Detention Center in Macon. Another girl was released to her parents.
They were also charged with curfew violation.
[Image: Americus Police Department]