Jackie Robinson statue was stolen from a park in Kansas creating an outrage around Wichita.
Jackie Robinson was a member of the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro Leagues before he made history by becoming the first Black player in Major League Baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers. His legacy extends beyond sports, as he is revered as both a sports hero and a symbol of the civil rights movement.
So tell me why someone stole his statue and on surveillance video. Two people were seen in this clip taking the sculpture away thinking the darkness would conceal them. Boy were they wrong. The two men even thought cutting the bronze statue off at the ankles was a good idea.
The robbery was particularly troubling because it happened just days before the start of Black History Month, according to the police chief. The nonprofit Little League organization, League 42, which is named after Robinson’s jersey number with the Dodgers, spent approximately $50,000 on the statue of him.
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The statue was placed in McAdams Park in 2021, a popular spot for approximately 600 children who participate in the youth baseball league. The Wichita Metro Crime Commission is providing a reward of up to $2,500 for tips that result in arrests and $5,000 for information that leads to the recovery of the sculpture.