George Floyd Statue Vandalized in New York City
The statue of Floyd was defaced with paint Sunday morning
The George Floyd statue in New York City has been defaced with gray, water-based paint, according to reports.
The statue, which was part of Confront Art’s “SEEINJUSTICE” exhibition, also featured two other statues.
The statue of Floyd was defaced with paint on Sunday morning, the New York Police Department said.
“There’s video footage police were able to ascertain,” detective Frances Sammon told CNN.
“They show a male ducking down under one of the statues.
"He then mixes something together, and, as he skates away, he throws a container of paint at the statue.”
Volunteers removed the paint from the statue not long after.
Co-founder of Confront Art, Andrew Cohen, said the statue was already being cleaned by the time he arrived.
“They went to the hardware and bought supplies out of their own pockets,” he told CNN.
“This is inspiring teamwork and support from the community.”
One volunteer said cleaning the statue was “very emotional” for her.
“It was really hard to see this larger-than-life man like this,” Seaburg said.
“We’re trying to get all the paint off his face, but it’s very emotional.”
Floyd died following an attempted arrest by Minneapolis police officers last year, which later sparked widespread riots across America.
Progressive Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar said Floyd's death was a "lynching."
"Many of us saw that video and witnessed a lynching take place."
"You know, throughout the summer and up to the court hearing, we all thought it was eight minutes and 46 seconds, and we ultimately know that it was more than nine minutes."
Earlier this year, a mural dedicated to Floyd was destroyed by a bolt of lightning in Toledo, Ohio.
The Doppler Radar did show a lightning strike hit the same block as the George Floyd mural, confirming witnesses' accounts.