George Floyd’s mural in Houston was blasted by overnight racist abuse on Thursday, less than a day after a former police officer kneeling on his neck was found guilty of the crime. Murder in Minnesota
Someone sprayed with a spray paint. “Life is not important” in changing the name of the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Let me tell you something, and I want everyone to understand: the ignorant, bad-hearted, bad-motivated – don’t empower them, don’t empower them,” Police Chief Troy Finner. Houston said on Thursday.
On Tuesday, a Minneapolis jury found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s May 25 death.
Chauvin, a white skin, knelt on Floyd’s neck, who was Black for about nine minutes. Floyd’s death and the shocking video of the confrontation spark global protests against police brutality and call for racial justice.
The Houston mural was restored by the artist on Thursday afternoon, NBC affiliate KPRC reported it was painted last year.
“As a human being, it’s just wrong to do something like that,” Daniel Anguilu told reporters.
“My determination towards this mural and with my group of friends when we paint is our first support. But also to help our community heal from some of the problems we are facing, ”he said.
Floyd, 46, grew up in Houston and was raised in the city’s Third Ward.
Police Chief Finner said Houston sticks together and will celebrate what he calls a great, diverse and complex city.
“We will stand together, we will raise the bar, drive the negative,” he said, “because we don’t have time.”
He said that if the person was caught, they would be held responsible. Police are investigating video surveillance and exploring the area for witnesses Thursday, KPRC reported.