Wofford responds to student accused of vandalizing Ofc. Harris memorial

Officer Harris Memorial

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – Charles Coulson was arrested Wednesday night after Spartanburg police say he vandalized the memorial for fallen Officer Jason Harris.

Charles Franklin Coulson
Charles Franklin Coulson

An officer saw Coulson grab flowers and a wreath off the patrol car and drag them across the parking lot.

The officer stated that Coulson was grossly intoxicated and smelled of alcohol.

Coulson, 21, was charged with littering and public disorderly conduct.

Coulson is a student at Wofford College. He was a member of the soccer team. Wofford says he was suspended for violating team rules before this incident.

The memorial for Officer Harris remains in front of city hall.

Wofford College posted the following on their Facebook page.

We at Wofford College do not condone the behavior of a student who was arrested for vandalizing the memorial for Spartanburg City Police Officer Jason Harris. We find the actions deeply disturbing and distressing and not reflective of the character and values of respect, dignity and compassion we hold dear at Wofford. The college is moving swiftly to take appropriate action in accordance with our policies regarding student discipline under our Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Spartanburg Police Department released a statement regarding the incident saying, “It is certainly heartbreaking for our department. The young man made a bad decision as a result of being under the influence. The Spartanburg Police Department cannot say enough about the outpouring of support from our community. We continue to ask for prayers for the Harris family and our police department.”

Coulson was released from jail on a $1,000 personal recognizance bond.

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