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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Vandals struck the statue of former President Theodore Roosevelt outside the American Museum of Natural History.

Building security called police shortly after midnight, saying three people — two females and one male – sprayed the statue with some kind of paint.

The statue has long been criticized as racist in the portrayal of Native American and Black figures.

This year, it was slated for eventual removal by the museum’s board.

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