Acts of wanton racist violence and vandalism in America are all too common.
It is even more disturbing and disconcerting when such cowardly acts take place in the so called “progressive” Oakland-Berkeley-San Francisco community.
Sick and twisted people are free to spew their toxic acts in any place at any time.
San Francisco Chronicle 12.27.2020
After Breonna Taylor sculpture smashed in Oakland, artist denounces ‘racist intimidation’
Police are investigating an act of vandalism against a bust in downtown Oakland honoring Breonna Taylor.
The ceramic sculpture, which was erected in Latham Square just two weeks ago with the phrase “Say Her Name Breonna Taylor” on a plaque, had sections smashed off Saturday, artist Leo Carson said.
Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency room technician, was shot by Louisville police when officers entered her home in March during a botched drug raid. Protests spread across the country in the name of Taylor and George Floyd, as well as other Black Americans killed by police.
Carson, who lives in Oakland, got tipped off to the vandalism on Saturday and headed to the scene. He found the damaged bust, its broken pieces placed back on the pedestal.
“I was really devastated emotionally. I was sad and angry,” he said. “Really, it’s an attack on Breonna Taylor and Black Lives Matter and it’s racist intimidation.”
An Oakland police spokeswoman said the department is “aware of the incident regarding the vandalism of a bust honoring Breonna Taylor.” A police report has been filed and the incident is under investigation, police said.
“I was a participant in the Black Lives Matter protests and inspired to put my artist skills to work,” Carson said of what inspired the artwork.
“I will be repairing it, piecing it back together as best I can, but the damage will be visible,” he said.
Carson has created a GoFundMe account to raise money to have the bust cast in bronze and said any excess funds will be donated to Taylor’s family.