AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - The mother of fallen Americus police officer Nick Smarr said her son's grave has been vandalized over the past week.
Janice Smarr visits her son's gravesite at Oak Grove Cemetery in Americus almost every day.
"If it's raining, I sit in my car, but I'm still out here," Smarr said.
Over the last week, she started noticing footprints on his grave, which she says boils down to a lack of respect.
"The first time, I cried," said Officer Smarr's mother. "Somebody had just come out here and left footprints all over his grave."
After seeing how people were treating her son's resting place, she and her brother decided to put up a surveillance camera.
"They didn't damage it, but it's just the fact that they had no respect but to stand and spit on his grave, and take pictures," she said.
Wednesday, police arrested three female juveniles and Kaheem D. Chambers, 17, for criminal trespassing.
Police said they used the surveillance photos to identify them.
"Nick and Jody deserve so much respect," said Smarr of her son and the other officer, GSW Campus Safety Officer Jody Smith, who was shot and killed in the line of duty alongside her son. "They don't deserve that."
According to police, the surveillance photos show Chambers standing, walking, and spitting on Officer Smarr's grave.
Americus Police Chief Mark Scott said he believes what the teens did was foolish, but he hopes the negativity he's seen on social media because of this arrest will come to an end.
"In my opinion, equally as bad as what these four people did, is all the social media hatred and the rhetoric that's been flying across the internet," said Chief Scott.
Officer Smarr's mom said, as upset as she is, there's a lesson to be learned here.
"The ones that got caught, I hope that they learn from this and won't ever do it again."
At last check Thursday afternoon, Chambers had not bonded out of jail.
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