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The memorial in honor of the late George Floyd was vandalized by a skateboarder in Manhattan, who authorities said doused the statue in silver paint over the weekend
Floyd died on May 25, 2020, after Minneapolis Police officer, Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes as Floyd, 46, lay face-down crying: 'I can't breathe'
On Twitter, a video was posted showing what appears to be silver paint splattered on the statue, which was also defaced days after it was first unveiled on Juneteenth in East Flatbush, Brooklyn.
The spokesman said police do not intend on releasing the video. Cops have yet to comment on whether they believe the motivation for the attack was racism.
The statue was recently moved to the Manhattan park.
Additional statues that remain nearby are Rep. John Lewis and Breonna Taylor. Taylor was a 26-year-old black woman who was shot and killed by Louisville, Kentucky police in last year.
Police said Lewis' and Taylor's statues were left unharmed.
In June, Floyd's bust was smeared with black paint and marked with the phrase 'Patriot Front' — a white nationalist hate group.
Floyd died on May 25, 2020, after Minneapolis Police officer, Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes as Floyd, 46, lay face-down crying: 'I can't breathe.'
Video of the incident went viral, and soon protests against police brutality spread throughout the United States, lasting for months, turning violent at times.
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 received a sentence of 22 and a half years in prison, with the possibility of supervised relief, contingent on good behavior after serving two-thirds of his sentence or 15 years for second-degree murder.