A statue of Christopher Columbus in Providence, R.I. was doused in red paint and a sign reading "murderer" was hung around its waist over the Columbus Day holiday.
WJAR-TV reports the vandalism was discovered Monday morning.
The statue of a standing and pointing Columbus sits at a busy intersection in the capital city.
Police say they are investigating it as vandalism.
A representative of the Sons of Italy tells WPRO-AM that he would like the vandalism to be investigated as a hate crime against Italians.