George Floyd statue vandalized in NYC days after unveiling

George Floyd statue
A statue of George Floyd is unveiled at Flatbush Junction on June 19, 2021, in Brooklyn. Photo credit David Dee Delgado/Getty Images
By , WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A six-foot tall statue of George Floyd has been vandalized just days after it was unveiled in Brooklyn, New York.

The wooden bust and its pedestal were spray-painted black, while the web address of a white nationalist hate group was spray painted in white, according to WABC.

The vandalism was discovered Thursday morning, according to Council Member Farah N. Louis.

"Let us be clear: this is a shameful act, a hate crime and totally disrespectful to the memory of Mr. Floyd and to the Black community as well our efforts to achieve racial justice and equality," Louis stated. "And we will not be deterred. I ask anyone with information to please come forward and contact the NYPD."

The NYPD's Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating.

The statue by artist Chris Carnabuci was unveiled at Flatbush Junction during a ceremony on Juneteenth. It is scheduled to be displayed for two to three weeks before it is moved to Union Square, officials said.

Louis said her office is working with Carnabuci, ConfrontART and the We Are Floyd Foundation to repair the damage.

Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer last May. His murder led to protests nationwide over racism and police brutality.

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