Bust of Breonna Taylor vandalized in Oakland

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By KCBS All News 106.9FM and 740AM

Oakland police are investigating an act of vandalism over the weekend that shocked many.

A bust of Breonna Taylor in Latham Square off of Broadway was damaged Saturday, with large chunks of the statue cracked or missing.

Taylor was shot and killed by Louisville police in March when officers mistakenly entered her home during a botched drug raid. Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency room technician, was asleep in her bed at the time.

The bust was installed just two weeks ago by artist Leo Carson to honor Taylor and the Black Lives Matter movement.

“I don’t feel good about it because it was very nice when I see it last week… I was liking it, seeing it here,” said Sukey Sterling, who works nearby. “I feel bad about it, I’m not happy about it, seeing damage.”

One man said the statue may need better protection.

While the original bust was made of ceramic and styrofoam, Carson intends to recast the sculpture in bronze to prevent further damage.

“It was incredible to see the community and neighbors taking photos and enjoying it. Now I am devastated and enraged to see it in pieces. This was an act of racist aggression and we need to show them we will not stand for it,” wrote Carson in a GoFundMe fundraiser he created to repair the bust.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf echoed that message, calling it, "a vicious attack against the light + justice sought in Breonna Taylor’s name."

Local attorney Joe Cotchett says his law firm will step up to pay to have the statue fully restored.

Oakland police are investigating and say that because the crime occurred in a well-lit plaza with many businesses around, there is a good chance that the suspect was captured on surveillance cameras.

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