Authorities have yet to name the suspect or the reason for the destruction of the statue, what the sculptor calls an “ act of racist aggression. ”
The Oakland Police Department said Monday night they were investigating what appeared to be an act of vandalism after a statue of Breonna Taylor erected to honor her memory was destroyed in Oakland, California.
Oakland Police have not identified any suspects or motives. The statue was found smashed on Saturday, about two weeks after it was installed.
Leo Carson, the artist who created the bust, told media he viewed the crushing of Taylor’s statue “as an act of racist aggression aimed at suppressing the struggle for black freedom.”
It only took 2 weeks for someone to vandalize this statue of Breonna Taylor. It’s a shame that some people carry so much hate in their hearts!
“The least respected person in America is the black woman.”
Despite this racist act, we will #SayHerName ✊🏾https://t.co/9eBD35nCIB
– Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) December 29, 2020
The ceramic bust depicted a smiling Taylor and was installed in downtown Oakland, near City Hall. On its base is a plaque stating: “Say her name: Breonna Taylor”.
Taylor, a black emergency medical technician, was shot and killed in a botched raid on her Louisville, Ky. Apartment on March 13.
Police fired 32 shots after Taylor’s boyfriend fired one at officers he believed to be intruders. Six of the 32 shots hit Taylor, killing her.
The case has come to light as protests against racism and police brutality swept across the United States after the May death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed when a Minneapolis police officer turned up. kneeling on his neck for almost nine minutes.
The city of Louisville has agreed to Pay Taylor’s family $ 12 million and institutes reforms in their police department.
Protests continued throughout 2020 as Black Lives Matter organizers and their allies protested against police violence.