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  • The bust, which depicts a smiling Breonna Taylor, was installed just two weeks ago in Latham Square near Oakland’s City Hall.
  • But on Saturday, the sculpture was found damaged, with large chunks of the statue broken off.
  • The bust was made by artist Lee Carson to honor the 26-year-old EMT who was shot and killed during a botched raid on her apartment by Louisville police officers in March.

A ceramic bust of Breonna Taylor recently installed in downtown Oakland, Calif., was smashed and vandalized over the weekend, CBS SF BayArea reports. 

The bust, which depicts a smiling Breonna Taylor, was installed just two weeks ago in Latham Square near City Hall. The bust was secured on a base with a plaque reading “Say her name: Breonna Taylor.” 


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But on Saturday, the sculpture was found damaged, with large chunks of the statue broken off. 

The bust was made by artist Lee Carson to honor the 26-year-old EMT who was shot and killed during a botched raid on her apartment by Louisville police officers in March. 

Her death at the hands of police, along with the killings of George Floyd and other Black Americans,  fueled a fresh wave of activism this year and prompted widespread protests against racial inequality and police brutality. 

“Looks like they hit it with a baseball bat along the back,” Carson told CBS SF BayArea.

“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,” he said, adding, “and I think that it was an act of racism and an act of aggression and intimidation.” 

Carson is raising money to repair the statue and recast it in bronze via a GoFundMe account. As of Monday, the GoFundMe had surpassed its $5,000 goal and had raised more than $6,700. Leftover funds will be donated to Taylor’s family. 

Oakland police said they are investigating the incident. 

In September, a grand jury decided only to indict one of the three officers involved in the deadly incident on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment charges for shots that entered a neighboring apartment. None of the officers were charged directly with Taylor’s death. 


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Published on Dec 28, 2020