Breonna Taylor Statue Vandalized in Oakland

The sculptor of the statue, Leo Carson opines that the motive behind the destruction was racist aggression.

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Breonna Taylor statue located in Oakland has been vandalized just two weeks after it was erected in Latham Square.

Who was Breonna Taylor?

Breonna Taylor was a young African-American woman who was shot to death by the Louisville Metro Police in March 2020, inside her own apartment. The police had approached the apartment as a part of an already underway drug investigation.

Although the police claims to have announced their arrival, Breonna’s boyfriend, who was present at the scene, denies this claim. The couple thought that someone was trying to break in and the 26 year old girl fired a warning shot.

The police says the shot hit one of the officers on his leg. In return, the police officers fired 32 shots. 6 of them hit Taylor, resulting in her death. The killing of the young girl in her own apartment caused scores of Americans to come together against the racial discrimination and police brutality prevalent in the country.

A Symbol of Resistance

The young girl quickly became the symbol of protest against racial killings. People came out in large numbers and protested against the murder. She is one of the people whose deaths have inspired the ‘Black Lives Matter Movement’ across the globe and more specifically in the United States.

 

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A statue of the young victim was erected in Latham Square, Oakland. The statue depicted a smiling Breonna, with a caption underneath that read “Say her name: Breonna Taylor”. The ceramic piece was found smashed last week. The sculptor of the statue, Leo Carson opines that the motive behind the destruction was racist aggression.

The maker of the statue was angered at the act and announced that he would now reconstruct the statue in bronze.

Oakland police is investigating the matter. They have not yet been able to specify the motive or the person behind the act.

 

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