A George Floyd mural in Houston was defaced with a racial slur Thursday simply days after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was discovered responsible in his demise, authorities mentioned.
The slur was tagged with graffiti and mentioned the “lives do not matter,” in accordance with studies. Houston Police Chief Troy Finner on Thursday urged the town not to concentrate to “one silly particular person.”
“Let me inform you one thing, and I need all people to grasp: Ignorant folks with dangerous hearts and dangerous motivations, don’t give them the facility. Do not give them the facility,” Finner mentioned.
The slur was lined by the artist who created the mural, Daniel Anguilu. He mentioned his piece was created to supply assist and therapeutic for the neighborhood.
“My intention with this mural … was of assist first, but in addition to assist our communities heal from among the points that we’re going through,” he mentioned.
Anguilu famous it wasn’t the primary time that the mural has been defaced. He referred to as it “a reminder that we simply must preserve working and proceed to do the work that we consider in.”
The mural was created after Floyd — a 46-year-old Black man and longtime resident of Houston — was killed final Might.
On Tuesday, Chauvin was convicted of second-degree unintentional homicide, third-degree homicide, and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s demise.
“Our metropolis has been peaceable,” Finner mentioned Thursday. “The decision got here in, and it was the fitting verdict. Some persons are upset about it. However one factor, in Houston, we’re going to stick collectively.”
He added that if the individual is caught, they are going to be held accountable. In the meantime, Houston police are checking for surveillance video, and are hoping to speak with potential witnesses within the space, Houston’s KPRC-TV reported.