Man arrested by Boise police for defacing Lincoln statue

On Tuesday, Boise police located and arrested a man in connection with an incident in Feb. of 2021 where a state of Abraham Lincoln was vandalized.


Boise police located and arrested a man on Tuesday in connection with an incident in Feb. 2021 in which a statue of Abraham Lincoln was vandalized.

Terry Wilson, aged 37, was apprehended on Tuesday night, pursuant to a warrant issued for his arrest several days before. The crime allegedly committed by Wilson involves the famous "Seated Lincoln" in Boise's Julia Davis Park being covered with feces and paint and graffiti.

According to MSN News, the vandalized statue is back to its original state after a thorough and exhaustive cleaning by park staff.

According to a press release by Boise police:

"Officers chased after Wilson and were able to stop him and take him into custody, at which time Wilson was found to be in possession of a firearm, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Wilson was taken to the hospital and was medically cleared before being booked into the Ada County Jail."

Boise Mayor Lauren McLean had the following to say in another statement:

"Vandalism is a crime, never appropriate, and those committing these crimes will be held accountable. At a time when our democracy is fragile, this is particularly disturbing as President Lincoln sought to keep our fractured nation together and to address the scourge of slavery — losing his life for it."

Wilson, according to this online profile, is an associate professor at Boise State University, and he has been described as the spokesperson for the local Black Lives Matter chapter, according to the Idaho Statesman.

Wilson is currently in jail, pending a court appearance.

The investigation is ongoing, and more people are expected to be arrested in the near future.


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