A STATUE of Christopher Columbus in Connecticut was decapitated on the same day that the Baltimore monument was toppled and tossed into the harbor.
Waterbury Unico posted photographs of the headless monument and offered a "$5,000 reward leading to the arrest of the individual responsible."
The images, which were posted on Saturday, showed the statue of Columbus with an American flag and reef infront of it – but with its head taken off.
In the post, the team said: "We are saddened by this action of violence as it does not represent the message of thanksgiving the statue embodies to the Italian-American community."
The group are also collecting donations to restore the statue.
Protesters say the Italian explorer is responsible for the genocide and exploitation of native peoples in the Americas.
"I am deeply disappointed and disturbed by the destruction inflicted upon the Christopher Columbus statue today," the Courant reported that Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary said.
"The city of Waterbury, and I as mayor, are deeply committed to taking action to address the impact and inequities caused by systemic racism. However, this type of behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated."
On the same day, protesters in Baltimore pulled down a statue of Columbus and threw it into the city’s Inner Harbor.
Dramatic video showed the moment demonstrators used ropes to topple the monument and risk 10 years in prison after being branded "terrorists" by Donald Trump.
In the footage, a man can be heard counting "one, two,three" as the crowd pull on ropes and the statue comes free from it's plinth.
As the statue falls over a loud cheer goes up and it is then dragged to the quayside where it is flung into the water to more cheering.
Cops were later seen looking at the statue as it lay underwater after Saturday evening's toppling in the Maryland city.
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