A bronze-colored sculpture was once again vandalized in New York City on Oct. 3.
Authorities are searching for a suspect who defaced the George Floyd memorial at Union Square abound 10 a.m.
New York Police Department is examining surveillance footage that allegedly shows a skateboarder splashing the sculpture with gray paint and fleeing the scene, according to the Associated Press.
BREAKING: New statue of George Floyd in Union Square Park, NYC already vandalized pic.twitter.com/Qj63dh0TDk— Jewish Deplorable (@TrumpJew2) October 3, 2021
Two other nearby statues were unharmed. They depict the late Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Brianna Taylor, who police shot dead in Louisville, Kentucky during 2020.
Local residents voluntarily removed the paint without waiting for city workers to clean up the scene.
Update: Police releases surveillance footage of the moment a skateboarder threw paint at the George Floyd sculpture.
The 6 foot-tall statue was previously smeared with black paint five days after it was unveiled on Juneteenth in East Flatbush, Brooklyn back in June.
Floyd, who died in the custody of Minnesota policeman Derek Chauvin, has become a symbol of racial injustice to many people across the world.
“It is a deliberate effort to push back against and ultimately dismantle systems of hatred, racism, and white supremacy,” Newark Mayor Ras Baraka (D) previously said according to Yahoo News.
The latest vandalism prompted many social network users to speculate on why some New Yorkers dislike the memorial.
“I fought for justice for Floyd. However, a statue of him is overdoing it–we can fight for justice without idolizing him,” one Twitter user said. “He is no saint, it is like we are purposely rubbing it in cops’s faces–sometimes we forget that there are good cops and many risk their lives to protect ours.”
“The guy is not a role model, he was murdered. Statues for what? He was an addict, arrested–hardly an example [to follow,]” another Twitter user said.
Blaze Media journalist Jason Whitlock accused activists, who lobbied for the statue in question, of exploiting Floyd’s name to promote their agenda.
“George Floyd is a prop corporate media uses for attention, a pawn liberal politicians use to push policy, and a punching bag social activists use as a symbol to explain black people and promote themselves,” he previously said.