A sculpture of Breonna Taylor in Oakland, California has been smashed by vandals leading to an investigation. The ceramic bust was installed less than two weeks ago near Oakland’s City Hall by sculptor Leo Carson, who believes the vandalism was a targeted attack against the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Looks like they hit it with a baseball bat along the back,” Carson told CBS San Francisco. “I don’t think there’s a single person in Oakland who doesn’t know who Breonna Taylor is, and I don’t think you attack a sculpture like that by accident… I think that it was an act of racism and an act of aggression and intimidation.”
In a statement, the Oakland Police Department said they were aware of the vandalism and investigating the incident.
“The Oakland Police Department is aware of the incident regarding the vandalism of a bust honoring Breonna Taylor,” the statement read. “A report has been filed and the incident is under investigation.”
Carson said he will rebuild the sculpture and on Sunday (Dec. 27) created a GoFundMe page to recreate the bust in bronze. The campaign has already reached its $5,000 goal.
“I hope that it will inspire solidarity and that we can rebuild this, you know, even stronger than it was before,” Carson told CBS.
Later that evening; Burlingame, California-based law firm Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy also committed to funding the restoration of the smashed sculpture.
“It’s scandalous and outrageous that anybody would do such a thing,” the firm’s Joe Cotchett told CBS. “She was a wonderful human being… The whole situation is preposterous; first her death — and now this.”