Cops Investigating Disturbing Video Of Statue of Liberty Beheading
NEW YORK (WPIX) - Investigators are trying to track down the suspects who videotaped themselves smashing and beheading a 200-pound replica of the Statue of Liberty that was stolen from a Brooklyn coffee shop last month.
NYPD investigators, are scouring the 59-second video for clues, after it caught the attention of many people when it was posted on YouTube on July 4.
The online video shows the Statue of Liberty lookalike being decapitated by the suspects, as captions like "We don't want your freedom," and "Death to America," flash on the screen in what appears to be a 1980s video game font. Lady Liberty is blind folded throughout the disturbing video.
Some say the tasteless imagery captured by the film maker resembles the terrorist-produced videos of the decapitations of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl and American entrepreneur Nicholas Berg.
The eight-foot, 200-pound statue, which stood outside Vox Pop coffee shop in Ditmas Park, vanished last month. The café garnered public attention a few years ago for apparently peddling conspiracy theories about the Sept. 11. attacks. The then-owners reportedly said they considered the destruction of the World Trade Center to be an "inside job."
Now under new management, the café is still known for it's left wing politics. The shop's owner, Debi Ryan, called the theft "un-American."