A recently unveiled sculpture honouring George Floyd in New York City has been defaced for a second time.
Grey paint was thrown across the statue on Sunday, just two days after it was installed in Union Square, according to police. Volunteers from the community are currently cleaning up.
Floyd’s 6ft (2m) tall bust had previously been on display in Brooklyn, where it had been vandalised with black paint.
Floyd was murdered in 2020 by a Minneapolis police officer.
His death sparked a global outpouring of rage for racial justice.
Around 10:00 a.m. local time, security footage shows a man holding a skateboard and mixing paint behind the sculpture before getting on his skateboard, splattering it across the face of the statue, and riding away.
Floyd’s statue is one of three by artist Chris Carnabuci that are currently on display in Union Square.
The other two are of US Congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis, who died last year, and Breonna Taylor, a woman who was shot and killed by police in her Louisville home in March 2020. These statues appear to have been left untouched.
“Vandalism of any kind is not a productive or meaningful action,” Mr Carnabuci said in a written statement. “Actions like this serve as a reminder that we still have a long way to go.”
According to ConfrontArt, the social justice arts organisation that produced the exhibition, the incident had a silver lining.
ConfrontArt members arrived on Sunday to restore the statue after community members had already begun “scrubbing and working” to honour the statue, according to the group.
“They went to the hardware store and bought supplies out of their own pockets,” said Andrew Cohen, co-founder of the organisation. “This is inspiring teamwork and community support.”
The incident is being investigated by the New York Police Department’s hate-crime task force.