The sculpture of George Floyd who was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer in 2020 in Union Square in New York City has been defaced for a second time. The sculpture was defaced again after it was vandalized with black paint down the bust.
The sculpture is made of precision-carved wood and it was unveiled earlier in Brooklyn. It is found that the sculpture had been vandalized with black paint and tagged with an alleged logo for a White supremacist group. According to police, a video showed an unknown man on a skateboard throwing paint on the statue at approximately 10 a.m.on October 3 then fleeing. However, the cleanup efforts are underway.
The 46-year-old Black man was killed in May 2020 by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. The death of George Floyd sparked a wave of global protests against racial justice. The statue of Floyd is one of three by the artist Chris Carnabuci and is now sitting in Union Square. Confront Art produced the showcase and it is an organization founded last year that works with artists to create public art that brings awareness to social justice causes.
Along with the statue of George Floyd, US Congressman and civil rights champion John Lewis, who died last year, and Breonna Taylor, a woman who was shot and killed in her Louisville home by police in March 2020 are also sitting in the Union square. However, the two sculptures weren’t vandalized. The New York Police department’s hate-crime task force has opened an investigation into the incident.