NYPD investigating vandalism of the George Floyd statue in Brooklyn as a hate crime

  • Written by Mark Morales and Lila Watts
  • Published on 26th June 2021
    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.


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