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George Floyd memorial cleaned up by Eric Garner’s son after being vandalized

It is well on the way to being repaired, TMZ reports, that memorial bust for George Floyd in New York City’s Union Square.

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It is well on the way to being repaired, TMZ reports, that memorial bust for George Floyd in New York City’s Union Square. People gathered to clean up the statue after it was vandalized with grey paint this weekend, according to the outlet.

TMZ points out that Garner became close friends with Floyd’s brother, Terrence, after his family suffered public agony last year when Floyd was murdered. Eric Garner’s son, Eric Jr., cleaned the bust. The cleanup was also assisted by Lindsay Eshelman, co-founder of Confront Art, which helped Terrence establish the monument. Other local activists helped weed the area and keep it clean.

An individual who was skating on a skateboard threw paint on the 6-foot-tall statue in the morning on Oct. 3. He appeared to have been near the site where the busts of John Lewis and Breonna Taylor had been erected earlier that day. Both other statues were not damaged.

On the basis of CCTV images, police believe the offender is a white male wearing a green jacket, shorts, and a beanie. NYPD Hate Crime Task Force is investigating the incident, but the man has not yet been caught by police.

In addition to arranging a group of volunteers to watch over the statue, Eshelman said Confront Art plans to set up a group of “keepers” who will remain on duty throughout its full installation, which will take 30 days. The New York Police Department has reportedly refused to provide officers to guard the bust from vandals, so members of the group will stand guard during the 7 a.m. to midnight shift.

Since the Floyd statue was first unveiled this summer, it has been vandalized two more times. In that case, it had been defaced with the logo of a white supremacist group.

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