SE Indiana police officer’s gravestone defaced

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LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. (AP) — Police in southeastern Indiana are trying to find who spray painted a slur on the gravestone of an officer who died in a 2005 crash.

The vandalism to Lawrenceburg Detective Sgt. Thomas Cochran’s gravestone was discovered Saturday at River View Cemetery in the nearby town of Aurora. The vandalism included the spray painting of the word “pig” in yellow paint over the black stone marker.

Cochran was killed in a January 2005 crash on an icy road while on his way to an emergency call.

Tomya Cochran tells WKRC-TV she believes the vandalism is a complete dishonor of her father.

Lawrenceburg police Lt. Brian Miller tells WCPO-TV that whoever was brave enough to deface the gravestone should be brave enough to accept responsibility. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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