Sculpture Honoring Breonna Taylor Smashed In Oakland

Written by on December 28, 2020

A ceramic bust of Breonna Taylor that was put in in downtown Oakland, California, earlier this month was smashed on Saturday.

The sculpture to honor Taylor, the Black 26-year-old well being care employee whom Kentucky police killed in March and who grew to become the topic of Black Lives Matter demonstrations nationwide, was apparently struck with one thing that induced chunks of it to interrupt off.

“Appears like they hit it with a baseball bat alongside the again,” Leo Carson, the artist who sculpted the bust, advised native CBS affiliate KPIX-TV.  He stated he believes the vandalism was an assault on all these preventing towards racism and police brutality.

“I don’t suppose you assault a sculpture like that accidentally,” Carson stated. “I feel that it was an act of racism and an act of aggression and intimidation.”

It was not instantly clear who wrecked the sculpture. Oakland police are “conscious of the incident,” the division advised Bay Space public media outlet KQED. A police report has been filed and the division is investigating the matter.

The bust sits on a pedestal with the phrase “Say Her Title, Breonna Taylor” and is positioned in Latham Sq. close to Oakland Metropolis Corridor, the place hundreds of anti-racism activists protested over the summer time within the wake of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Carson stated he plans to rebuild the sculpture and hopes to recast it utilizing bronze to make it sturdier. A Bay Space lawyer has supplied to pay for the sculpture’s reconstruction, KPIX-TV reported.


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