A statue of George Floyd, unveiled just five days ago in Brooklyn, New York, to commemorate Juneteenth, was vandalized early Thursday morning, police and the creators of the statue have confirmed.
Black paint was thrown over Floyd’s bust, which had been placed in Flatbush Junction near Brooklyn College, and stenciled white graffiti spelling out the URL of a fascist group’s website was spray-painted on the base of the statue commemorating the one who was killed by police in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020.
The inscription was of an American far-right “Patriot Front” cell, which also allegedly vandalized another Floyd tribute in New Jersey.
Authorities released a video showing four people, one of whom was holding a can of spray paint, near the crime scene in Brooklyn’s Flatbush neighborhood.
The vandalism in question comes ahead of Friday’s conviction of Derek Chauvin, the 45-year-old officer whose murder of Floyd sparked America’s biggest racial justice protests in decades.
New York Police said they were investigating the attack on the monument. “ I will be absolutely clear with the neo-Nazi group that did this: get out of our state ”New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo tweeted, adding that specialized state police officers would offer to help the investigation. “We are going to bring these cowards to justice”New York Mayor Bill de Blasio commented on Twitter.