UPDATED 8:43 AM PT – Tuesday, December 29, 2020
A Breonna Taylor statue in Oakland, California is vandalized just two weeks after it was installed. On Monday, authorities said they were investigating the incident in which the ceramic bust was reportedly smashed with a baseball bat.
It depicted the Kentucky woman who died in March while police served a warrant at her residence as they reportedly suspected two men wanted for drug trafficking of having used her apartment to receive illicit packages.
On Monday, December 21st there was a newly erected #SayHerName bust of Breonna Taylor in Downtown Oakland.
Today, the day after Christmas, it’s now destroyed.
Credit for the art is listed as Leo Carson / leo_carson_art on Instagram pic.twitter.com/jwu2H5A65s
— Amir Aziz (@aziaticblack) December 26, 2020
The sculptor, Leo Carson, told reporters he believes this was not a random act and that he hopes to restore the bust and recast it in bronze.
Meanwhile, local police said they are aware of the vandalism and are conducting an investigation into the incident.