A statue of police brutality sufferer George Floyd was vandalized on Sunday, simply days after it was unveiled in New York Metropolis.
An unidentified particular person on a skateboard was seen splashing grey paint on the statue in Manhattan’s Union Sq. earlier than fleeing. The New York Police Division’s Hate Crime Job Power is investigating the incident.
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“The person is described as a male with a light-weight complexion, medium construct, final seen sporting a black hat, a darkish inexperienced jacket, a neon inexperienced t-shirt, black shorts, black and white sneakers and a inexperienced backpack,” the NYPD instructed the Washington Examiner.
The vandalized statue was a part of a mission by the group Confront Artwork, which additionally created statues for Breonna Taylor and the late Democratic Rep. John Lewis . The three statues are meant to be displayed in Union Sq. all through October. The Taylor and Lewis statues had been left untouched, Confront Artwork confirmed to the Washington Examiner.
“The George Floyd statue was the one one focused,” Confront Artwork co-founder Lindsay Eshelman stated. “It appears to be the one which evokes essentially the most emotion, good and dangerous, from all. I can personally say that Terrence Floyd, George’s brother, was extremely disheartened and saddened to see his brother but once more be the goal of such excessive hate.”
The vandalism of Confront Artwork’s statue marks the second time a statue of Floyd has been vandalized this yr. A statue of Floyd’s face in Brooklyn was vandalized on June 24 with the phrases “Patriot Entrance” painted over the statue’s inscription, the New York Put up reported.