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Vandals painted the monument to George Floyd in black

The monument to the African-American George Floyd who died during the arrest in Brooklyn was painted black, NBC News reports.

The opening of the monument took place on June 19, it was timed to coincide with the establishment of a national holiday in the United States in honor of the abolition of slavery. The monument is made of light material.

Traces of vandalism were discovered on the morning of June 24, and the New York Police Special Unit for Hate Crimes is currently investigating. Local residents and the authorities condemned the incident.

“This is a shameful act, a hate crime, and a complete disrespect for the memory of Mr. Floyd and for the black community, as well as for our efforts to achieve racial justice and equality,” said New York City Councilwoman Fara Louis.

On May 25, 2020, police officers of Minneapolis, Minnesota, detained an African-American George Floyd. During the arrest, police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on the man's neck. Floyd shouted that he was suffocating, but law enforcement officers did not pay attention to this.

As a result of the incident, the man died in the intensive care unit, after his death, a wave of protests swept the world.

In April of this year, a jury found Chauvin guilty of second-and third-degree murder, as well as of causing Floyd's death by second-degree negligence.

In June 2021, US President Joe Biden announced that on June 19, the country will celebrate National Independence Day — a holiday in honor of the abolition of slavery in the United States.

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