UNION SQUARE, Manhattan — After a statue of George Floyd was vandalized Sunday morning in Union Square, the NYPD early Monday released new surveillance video of a man dousing the statue with paint in broad daylight.
According to police, the unidentified man riding a skateboard approached the statue in the south plaza of the park around 10:15 a.m. and threw the gray paint, splashing it on the face and base of the monument.
The statue is one of three monuments by artist Chris Carnabuci that were unveiled in the park on Thursday.
The “SeeInJustice” art installation also includes statues of Breonna Taylor, who was shot and killed by Louisville police in March 2020, and Georgia Rep. John Lewis, the prominent civil rights leader who died last year.
Floyd, a Black man, died on May 25, 2020, after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.
Video shows the vandal riding off on his skateboard, fleeing the area northbound on the west side of the park.
The NYPD said its Hate Crime Task Force was investigating the incident.
Authorities described the suspect as a man with a medium build, last seen wearing a black hat, dark green jacket, a neon green T-shirt, black shorts, black and white sneakers, and a green backpack.
Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
Correction: The time the officer’s knee was on Floyd’s neck has been updated.