Two women arrested for vandalizing fallen officer memorial

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. — A community is upset and angry after police say two women vandalized the fallen officer memorial in West Memphis.

Lacey Friddle and Jessica Lapprad are in jail for the crime.

City officials say the West Memphis mayor was driving down the street when he spotted the two women and three kids carving-up the side of the memorial with rocks.

Chicken scratch, misspelled words and even one of the suspect’s names are carved into the memorial.

The memorial was erected to honor those who lost their lives serving Crittendon County.

“It just breaks your heart to think that someone is going to do something like this,” said Stella Ward, a local resident.

The criminal mischief is even harder to accept for those who came to the dedication memorial on June 5.

The chamber of commerce raised $350,000 to see the project through.

“I’m very disappointed that we have been working on this for four years and knowing that we got kids and adults in the community that will come up and deface anything,” said Holmes Hammett, the executive director for the chamber of commerce.

Friddle and Lapprad are charged with Felony Criminal Mischief and multiple counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.

Hammett is trying to figure out how much fixing the damage will cost, “We are going to have someone come and take a look at it and see what we can do.”

For those who know the names memorialized on the plaques, they say the vandalism was no way to treat our fallen heroes.

“These were our law-enforcement officers,” said Ward. “They gave their life for us.”

The chamber of commerce is trying to figure out whether the panels can be cleaned or if they’ll have to be replaced.

The women are still in Crittenden County jail held on bonds over $50,000.

34 comments

  • Dr. JohnS

    There is no way to judge what our fellow citizens will do. Why they would teach their children it was okay is far beyond my way of thinking.

  • Hard Truths

    How about a memorial for all the people killed wrongfully by the police?

    I’m betting the police would deface that memorial in a hurry.

    We live in a police state, and that’s just fine with you orcs.

    • whoyoukiddin

      I don’t think there would be near as many killed by police as there are police killed by criminals. Only you would throw something stupid out there like you did. Why don’t you ask why 2 adults would do something like this and bring kids along to help. Now you have to wonder what these kids have been taught all their lives and will they one day become a cop killer!

    • Greg

      Hard Truths, you are an idiot! Go live in another country and you’ll see what a police state really is.

  • Ed

    Notice their smug smiles on their mugshots. Someone should slap that grin off their faces. I’m sure their kids will grow up to be wonderful productive citizens with the guidance of these pieces of garbage. And to hard truths how about taking a walk through the hood and see what happens. As your sorry tail is beaten near death ill bet your first words will be ” call the police, call the police”!

  • Peaceful Earth Dragon

    Talk about chicken scratch and misspelled words: Crittenden County is misspelled in the post.

  • Big Red

    I do not know much about West Memphis, Arkansas Police department but I do know the Marion, Arkansas police are the worse in the state. They allow murderers to get off with very little prison time. Like Brain Mc Fadden did in September 1994 when he murdered a man in cold blood. shooting the man in the back of the head twice. He was cahrged with 1st degree capital murder but got off with manslaughter and only 6 months in prison.

    • rscalzo

      I’d suggest actually obtaining a tiny bit of knowledge of the criminal justice system. You do realize that the courts conduct the trials and the juries and judge determines the penalty.

  • Big Red

    I do not know much about West Memphis, Arkansas Police department but I do know the Marion, Arkansas police are the worse in the state. They allow murderers to get off with very little prison time. Like Brian Mcfadden died in September 1994 when he murdered a man in cold blood. shooting the man in the back of the head twice. He was charged with 1st degree capital murder but got off with manslaughter and only 6 months in prison.

    • Annette

      Since when is it the fault of the police that he got off with a lessor offense. He was charged with 1st degree murder. If a jury convicted him of only manslaughter, nothing the police could do about it. Your anger might be a bit displaced.

  • TPA

    Yeah,,these two stumpwater inbreds are the aftermath of a brother and sister having a baby…sad but true.

  • Ariel

    This is just pure stupidity. People don’t seem to care how they act around children. Hope they rot for a few years!!!

  • Hard Truths

    West Memphis police make Memphis police look honest, intelligent, and professional by comparison.

  • NewYawkahBroad

    AND THEY BROUGHT THEIR CHILDREN TO COMMIT A CRIME??? TAKE THE KIDS AWAY!!! WHAT CLASSLESS D**CHEBAGS!! GIVE THEM THE MAX!!!

  • Angie Halcomb

    As the spouse of a fallen officer, I am disgusted on how people act toward police officers living or dead. Recently I was the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington DC when I saw with my own eye 2 mothers with their small children draw hop scotches and smiley faces on the ground at the memorial as their mothers looked on. They weren’t white trash but mothers who don’t teach their children respect. Also, the Memorial is used by skateboarders as they like the tilted wall that has inscribed the names of all law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty

  • Sophie Katt

    Oh get over yourselves. They’re not some kind of saint they’re just cops, sheesh. There are many many MANY more civilians DEAD at the hands of law enforcement, than the other way around – where’s THEIR “memorial”?

  • Debra Oliver

    And from the smiles on their mug shots they are enjoying their infamous deed. Give them the maximum penalty so they can smile some more. Also they should have to pay out if picket for any coasts if repair.

  • mike

    It can be fixed or repaired. Get the estimate and take whatever these two hags have in their names (house,vehicle,bank account) to pay the bill. Not enough to cover it?. They get to spend the next 10 years in community service paying off the rest.

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