(ReliableNews.org) – George Floyd remains a polarizing figure more than 16 months after his death at the hands of a former police officer who is now serving time for his murder. On Sunday, October 3, a vandal threw paint over a 10-foot bronze statue of Floyd two days after New York City officials displayed the bust at Union Square.
George Floyd bust in Union Square splattered with paint this morning, it just went up earlier this week, John Lewis and Breonna Taylor statues nor damaged, police are en route to dust for fingerprints, according to Confront Art rep on site. pic.twitter.com/5PBRWBQTBc
— Gwynne Hogan (@GwynneFitz) October 3, 2021
Security footage showed a skateboarder mixing the paint and then hurling it on George Floyd’s bust before hopping back on his board and fleeing the scene. The vandal appeared to ignore nearby statues of Breonna Taylor, a Kentucky woman shot and killed by Louisville police officers in 2020, and the late Congressman and civil rights leader, John Lewis (D-GA).
This incident marked the second time someone defaced the statue. City officials first unveiled the bust on Brooklyn’s Flatbush Avenue as part of the Juneteenth celebrations. Then, five days later, a vandal covered it with black paint and a logo for a white supremacist group.
Chris Carnabuci, the statue’s sculptor, told reporters the incident didn’t surprise him. Continuing, he said the vandalism serves as a reminder the country still has “a long way to go.” He vowed to “never stop” fighting for racial justice.
On 10/3/21, at approx. 10:15 AM, in Union Square Park, a person on a skateboard threw gray paint on the face and base of a statue of George Floyd. Info? DM @NYPDTips or ☎️ 1-800-577-TIPS. @NYPDShea @NYPDDetectives @NYPDPBMS @NYPD13Pct @NYCParks @mayorsCAU pic.twitter.com/PxNQs1u6mw
— NYPD Hate Crimes (@NYPDHateCrimes) October 4, 2021
The New York Police Department’s hate-crime task force is spearheading the investigation and asking for anyone with information about the incident to call 1-800-577-TIPS.
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