October 3 (WNN) — A bronze statue of George Floyd was unveiled last weekend in New York City’s Union Square, police said.
As The New York Times reports, officers said police are looking for a suspect with a black bag, who rode a skateboard up to the statue and smashed it with gray paint.
NYPD detective Frances Sammon told CNN that police have video footage of the incident.
“They show a male drowning under one of the statues,” said Sammon. “Then he mixes something together, and as he walks away, he throws a container of paint at the statue.”
Confront Art, which produced the sculpture, said that clean-up was already underway.
George Floyd’s brother Terence Floyd said in a joint statement with the nonprofit We Are Floyd Foundation that the act of vandalism was “incredibly depressing”.
“And it shows you how far we still have to go to reach our goal of unity,” Terrence Floyd said in a statement reported by The Times.
George Floyd died on Memorial Day 2020 after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes. The death of George Floyd sparked nationwide protests against police violence and racial equality. Chauvin has since been sentenced to more than 22 years in prison for the murder of George Floyd.
The George Floyd statue was one of three unveiled on Friday in Union Square as part of the SEEINJUSTICE series of Confront Art. The other two busts depict Breonna Taylor, who was fatally shot in her apartment by police in March 2020, and civil rights icon and Georgia Democratic Congressman John Lewis, who died in August last year.
In a statement, Front Art said that the SceneJustice series was inspired by the events of 2020 that woke many people demanding justice.
“The series aims to honor life and ongoing messages through art, tying three iconic people together,” it said, adding that it chose Union Square to display the statues because it has “historically supported free speech”. And the right to perform is protected.”
Chris Carnabusi, the artist behind the series, said the death of George Floyd raised awareness of injustice not only in the United States but around the world.
“The exhibition represents this global understanding, and from understanding comes action, and from action comes change,” he said.
After his statue was vandalized on Sunday, Carnabusi told The Times that such action is neither productive nor worthwhile.
“Actions like these remind us that we have a long way to go and we will never stop fighting,” he said.