Newly released surveillance footage shows the moment a vandal throws silver paint at a statue of George Floyd in a Manhattan park before escaping on a skateboard.
The footage begins with a man wearing a dark green jacket, neon green T-shirt, black shorts, black and white sneakers and a black beanie walking across Union Square with his skateboard in one hand.
Later, he ducks behind a nearby statue of the late Rep. John Lewis and is seen grabbing something from his green backpack before getting on his skateboard and swinging silver paint at George Floyd’s bust before driving off, heading north on the west side of the parking lot around 10:15 a.m. Sunday.
Surveillance footage released early Monday morning by New York police shows a man wearing a dark green jacket, neon green T-shirt, black shorts, black and white sneakers and a black beanie walking through Union Square Park and his skateboard. wears
Later, he ducks behind a statue of the late Rep. John Lewis and is seen taking something from his backpack
The suspect then gets on his skateboard and sprays silver paint at the George Floyd monument
Two people – apparently a woman and a child – tried to take a picture of the statue at the time of the vandalism
Two people – apparently a woman and a child – were standing nearby when the vandalism occurred.
The New York Police Department released the footage as part of its investigation early Monday morning and is now offering a $3,500 reward for any information about the suspect, who is described as a fair-skinned, medium-sized man.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577 – TIPS. All conversations remain confidential.
A video was posted on Twitter showing silver paint splattering on the statue, with New York 1 reporting volunteers going to a Blick store to repair the statue after the vandalism.
One of the volunteers was a painter, the Washington Post reports, who knew what materials would work best to restore the statue.
‘They went to the hardware’ [store] and bought supplies from their pockets,” said Confront Art co-founder Andrew Cohen, who helped design the bust. CNN.
“This is inspiring teamwork and community support.”
The memorial to the late George Floyd was vandalized by a skateboarder in Manhattan who, authorities say, covered the statue with silver paint over the weekend.
George Floyd’s bust was opened to the public Friday after it was first unveiled at Juneteenth in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. Less than a week later it was daubed with black paint and the message ‘Patriot Front’ – a white nationalist hate group.
“It’s incredibly disappointing how the statues have been damaged in such a short time,” Floyd’s brother, Terrence, said in a joint statement with the nonprofit We are Floyd Foundation on Sunday, “and it just shows you how far we still have to go to reach our goal of unity.’
Chris Carnabuci, the artist who created the sculpture, along with the late MPs John Lewis and Breonna Taylor, said in a statement on Sunday that while the vandalism wasn’t a complete surprise, it “concerned us all.”
He said he created the #SeeInjustice exhibit in Union Square Park to inspire civic debate and provide a space where different opinions can be heard. It can be seen through October 30.
“Vandalism of any kind is not an action that is productive or meaningful,” said Carnabuci, 57. “Actions like this remind us that we still have a long way to go and that we will never stop fighting.”
Carnabuci previously told the New York Times he decided to shoot the footage because he felt “hopeless” when he saw the protests against police brutality following George Floyd’s death last year, and his wife encouraged him to express his grief through art.
“We actually started thinking about putting on an exhibit and getting the pieces around to raise awareness,” he said, “and even raise some money for foundations that target people in need.”
He collaborated with Andrew Cohen and Lindsay Eshelman, founders of Confront Art, an organization that aims to connect artists with social justice causes to create public art. They designed the statues so that if someone tried to damage them, they would be easy to restore.
Police said the statues of Lewis and Breonna Taylor were unharmed in the vandalism.
Floyd died on May 25, 2020, after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes while Floyd, 46, lay on his face crying: ‘I can’t breathe’
Floyd died on May 25, 2020, after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes while Floyd, 46, lay on his face crying, “I can’t breathe.”
The video of the incident went viral and soon protests against police brutality spread across the United States, lasting for months and sometimes turning violent.
Chauvin was fired by the Minneapolis Police Department in the aftermath and was soon arrested.
He was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
On June 25, 2021, Chauvin was sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison, with the option of supervised release, on condition of good conduct after serving two-thirds of his sentence or 15 years for second-degree murder.