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Police are looking for four alleged suspects linked to the vandalism of a George Floyd statue in New York after 3:30 a.m. early Thursday morning.
In a tweet on Friday, the New York Police Department Hate Crime Task Force said that “black spray paint was used to deface the sculpture and cover text on the pedestal.”In addition, the word “PATRIOTFRONT .US” was also spray-painted in white, police said. Patriot Front is labeled as a “white nationalist hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The photos released by law enforcement show four people walking with facemasks, hats, and hoodies.
“There are no arrests at this time and the investigation is ongoing,” an NYPD spokesperson told Insider Saturday afternoon.
On 6/24/21 at 3:40 AM, four individuals defaced a George Floyd monument at 1545 Flatbush Ave, Bklyn. Black spray paint was used to deface the sculpture and cover text on the pedestal. “PATRIOTFRONT .US” was stenciled in white spray paint on the pedestal. INFO? ☎️1-800-577-TIPS pic.twitter.com/bnBwEraOWg
— NYPD Hate Crimes (@NYPDHateCrimes) June 25, 2021
NBC New York reported that the George Floyd statue was unveiled on Juneteenth, which is now a federal holiday, on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, New York. Floyd was killed by former police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis, Minnesota in May 2020. Chauvin was sentenced to 22 1/2 years behind bars for his murder.
In a statement earlier this week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the monument “is more than just a memorial or a father, a son and a friend — it’s a testament to the grief, anger, and righteous energy that his murder sparked in our state and across the country. It’s a beacon for all who believe progress is possible, and in our ability to make it happen.”
“To the group of neo-Nazis who did this, I want to be absolutely clear: get the hell out of our state,” Cuomo added.