Fisher students suspended for Frederick Douglass statue theft

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UPDATE: St. John Fisher says it has suspended John Boedicker and Charles Milks following the theft of the statue of Frederick Douglass in Rochester.

In a statement, President Rooney writes, “Effective immediately, two students allegedly involved in vandalism of a Frederick Douglass statue have been suspended from the College.  The suspension will continue until the legally mandated student conduct hearing addressing this matter is completed.  We have taken the strongest possible action available to us at this time.  In addition to continuing to follow the College’s own Student Conduct Process, the administration will cooperate fully with members of the law enforcement community.”


The two men arrested for stealing a statue of Frederick Douglass in Rochester’s East End appeared in court Monday morning.

John Boedicker and Charles Milks, both students at St. John Fisher College, were charged with criminal mischief following the incident.

The students both had a plea of not guilty entered on the behalf by the judge. They are begin assigned public defenders.

The two are accused of ripping the statue of Frederick Douglass from its base at Tracy Street and Alexander around 12:30 Sunday morning. Witnesses say they were yelling racial slurs at the time but Boedicker denies that and says their actions were an intoxicated mistake.

He says he and Milks have already reached out the the sculptor to apologize and will help with repairs. We tried to talk to the two of them leaving court Monday morning; neither one of them wanted to comment.

St. John Fisher’s president says the conduct goes against who we are and what we strive to be. The school is cooperating with authorities.

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