People gather during the unveiling of the George Floyd statue in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn on June 19, 2021.
A statue of George Floyd that was unveiled in New York on Juneteenth by Floyd’s brother was vandalized early Thursday morning and police are investigating the incident as a hate crime, a law enforcement official told CNN.
Black spray paint was daubed on the face of the statue and over the inscription on the base. The name of a website was stenciled with white spray paint on the pedestal, the New York Police Department said.
The site painted onto the pedestal supports Patriot Front, a “white nationalist hate group,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The NYPD said it is checking on the whereabouts of four males in connection with the vandalism. The NYPD released a video and a photo of what it said was the four walking toward the vicinity of the statue before the incident.