A sculpture honoring Breonna Taylor was smashed to pieces over the weekend, just fortnight after it had been installed downtown, prompting police to launch a vandalism investigation.
Sculptor and Oakland resident Leo Carson
said he made the sculpture to honor the legacy of the Black Lives Matter movement and its influences on contemporary political art.
Carson said he was “super upset” about the vandalism and calls the incident an act of “racist aggression” against Taylor, a figure that moved many people across the country to protest police brutality and involve defunding the police.
“I’ve put in hours and hours of my work and built it by hand,” Carson said. “Before the pandemic, i used to be a waiter so I purchased this out of my very own pocket.
It wasn’t cheap and it had been incredibly hurtful personally. But it had been also an attack on Breonna Taylor and therefore the Black Lives Matter movement. that’s racist aggression .”
Carson went on to inform CBS l. a. that he doesn’t believe the vandalism was random: “Looks like they hit it with a lumber along the rear .”
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