Bikers target new police memorial again, leaving behind ugly tire tracks

Bikers target new police memorial again, leaving behind ugly tire tracks
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - For the third time in less than a week, the new memorial for Hawaii's fallen law enforcement officers has been damaged.

Bicyclists practicing stunts have targeted the memorial. When they ride on it, they leave behind visible tire tracks.

The latest incident happened Wednesday, and a police report was filed.

"It's kids probably riding bicycles, using it as a ramp to do tricks off of the walls of the memorial," said Maj. Kurt Kendro of the Honolulu Police Department. "It's very sad to see those tire marks in that place of honor for fallen officers, especially this week during Police Week."

Barbara Favela and her children have already visited the memorial three times.

Police Week has been very emotional for the family, reopening wounds nine years after the death of her husband, Honolulu Officer Steve Favela.

"A lot of the old painful feelings of losing Steve have been dredged up," she said. "We found a lot of comfort going again and again to see his name on the wall."

Volunteers cleaned up tire tracks on Saturday, on the eve of the memorial's dedication. Three days later, a city worker found the same type of marks on the monument.

"It was a huge disrespect and no words can express how painful that is to the families and all the people who worked hard to get this memorial done," Favela said.

The foundation in charge of the memorial plans to install surveillance cameras and patrols around the memorial are being stepped up.

There will also be adjustments to the design of the $7 million monument, which is based on a concept created by University of Hawaii architecture students.

"Eventually, you'll probably see some changes in the design, but that's going to take time, that's going to take money. In the meantime, we just want people to do the right thing," Kendro said.

Authorities have opened criminal property damage cases in response to the damage.

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