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George Floyd’s brother wanted to meet the vandal who destroyed the statue in New York

The brother of George Floyd wants to talk to the man responsible for vandalizing a statue that had just been unveiled. Terrence Floyd, who lost his brother three years ago, is hoping to have an honest

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The brother of George Floyd wants to talk to the man responsible for vandalizing a statue that had just been unveiled. Terrence Floyd, who lost his brother three years ago, is hoping to have an honest dialogue with the vandal to prevent further defacing of the memorial made in his brother’s honor.

As a result of Floyd’s killing at the hands of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, various murals, memorials, and statues have been created in his honor in various parts of the country. Sculptures were unveiled in Union City alongside memorials for Breonna Taylor and Representative John Lewis last week. But the Memorial to Floyd was destroyed nearly 48 hours later.

In the case of the three statues, Lindsay Eshelman of Confront Art, the organization behind them, said the George Floyd was the only one targeted. Apparently this one stirs up the most emotional responses among the others, both good and bad. It was infuriating for me to see George Floyd’s brother again being the target of such extreme hate. I can only imagine the sadness and disheartenment he felt.”

Terrence stated that he believes the crime illustrates the continued hatred between individuals. In addition to holding the vandal accountable for his actions, he feels that a dialogue may also be useful because it would allow others to move forward in a spirit of compassion and healing.

Vandals were captured throwing a can of paint onto the statue of Floyd as he committed the act of vandalism. He was reportedly riding a skateboard and wearing shorts, a green jacket, and a beanie when he was attacked.

A few came together after the vandalism of the George Floyd statue in Union Square to remove the paint, including Eric Garner’s son. Currently, the New York Police Department’s Hate Crime Task Force is investigating the incident.

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