Investigators released surveillance video showing a person splattering paint on the statue Sunday morning, and then riding off on a skateboard.READ MORE: The Aztecs 'Slowly Crush You': CBS Sports' Randy Cross Previews Fresno State-#21 San Diego State, Other Matchups
Artists who cleaned and restored the monument say they are disturbed, but not surprised.
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“We put it in two days ago, and 48 hours later here we are with vandalism,” said Lindsay Eshelman of Confront Art.
“I know it hurts the Floyd family to see the son they lost, the brother that they lost, is being vandalized again,” said Angie Onmars of Confront Art.READ MORE: New York State Trooper Christopher Baldner Charged With Murder In Christmas 2020 Crash In Ulster County That Killed 11-Year-Old
It’s not the first time the statue has been vandalized. The six foot sculpture of Floyd’s face was first vandalized days after it debuted in Flatbush, Brooklyn in June.
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Gov. Kathy Hochul has directed the New York state Hate Crimes Task Force to assist in the investigation.
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