9:00 a.m. PST – The damage to George Floyd’s bust in Union Square is already well on its way to repair – and all thanks to some members of the community who have stepped up, and who may continue to escalate to prevent this from happening. happen.
Lindsay Eshelman – co-founder of Confront Art, who teamed up with George’s brother, Terrence, and her We Are Floyd organization to produce the statues – tells TMZ … she and her team showed up shortly after the news of the bust vandalism was announced, but were pleasantly surprised to see that it There were already at least 5 people working to clean up the mess.
We are told that these people are just activists / art lovers – and that there is a tourist who just showed up to help. One of the other Good Samaritans was Eric Garnerthe son of, Eric Jr., who we are told has formed a close bond with Terrence throughout this ordeal. Lindsay et co. also helped … ran out of supplies to restore the statue’s bronze shine.
As to what to expect from here … Eshelman tells us that she and Confront Art are trying to organize a watch group to take care of the statue, otherwise known as the “Guardians” – because there are 30 days left in the facility, and they’re worried about it happening again.
The NYPD apparently told them they were on their own in this regard, as the police force will not be stepping up security or patrolling. We’re told CA has a 7:00 to midnight shift in mind, to help keep things kosher after the park closes.
The man who threw paint on a bust of George floyd in New York is now in the crosshairs of a hate crime unit … and can be seen clearly as daylight on camera committing the act.
NYPD’s Crime Stoppers division released surveillance footage which it said depicts the suspect – a fair-skinned guy, of average build … and who was wearing a green jacket, shorts and some sort of hat, and walking past. nonchalance before vandalizing the statue.
Just like we told you before … it is clear as daytime hanging out near the John lewis statue in Union Square, hanging out and looking around – before pulling out what appears to be a small paint bucket, hopping on his skateboard, and heading towards the bronze effigy of Floyd.
Indeed, there are people in the area who see him doing itâ¦ but no one is really taking action. Everything is happening so fast – the man is gone in a flash.
We’re told the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating this … for obvious reasons. So far, the suspected criminal has not been captured – but the cops are asking for advice or help.
This week-end paint job actually served as the second act of vandalism since the statue was first unveiled earlier this summer in Brooklyn … where it was also disfigured, with none other than white supremacist logos and signage. And now in his new home … something similar.
Originally posted – 6:32 AM PT