Early Thursday morning in Flatbush, the statue’s face was sprayed with black paint. The slogan “PatriotFront.US” was also written along the inscription.READ MORE: Kyra's Law: Long Island Mother Pushing Bills To Protect Children In Custody Battles Involving Abusive Parents
The NYPD says Patriot Front are known white supremacists recognized as an “organized extremist group.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed the state’s Hate Crimes Task Force to investigate the defacing.READ MORE: Actor Wentworth Miller Reveals Autism Diagnosis, Reigniting Conversation About Adults On The Spectrum
Meanwhile, police in Newark are investigating another vandalism of the George Floyd statue there.
Investigators say graffiti and blackface were discovered on the statue Thursday morning, along with the web address of the same group.
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Anyone with information about the New York City suspects is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.