The recently unveiled sculpture of George Floyd in Union Square in New York City has already been vandalized.
Blue paint was thrown on the bust of Floyd at around 10 a.m. Sunday, NBC New York reported. Police said security video shows a person mixing the paint behind the sculpture before defacing it and running away.
Cleanup efforts are underway.
The sculpture was unveiled Thursday, along with statues of Rep. John Lewis and Breonna Taylor.
The statue of Floyd had been on display in Brooklyn, where it was also defaced. The piece was unveiled there on Juneteenth. Five days later, on June 24, it was vandalized with black paint and marked with the logo of a white supremacist group.
"I heard the news about the vandalism. I was so proud that I got word that Flatbush held it down. They really supported us, looked out for the statue, looked out for the spirit of my brother," Floyd's brother Terrence said at the time. "You try to stop us, but you can't stop us. And we're still going to continue, with love."
Confront Art, the group behind the statue, said people spent hours cleaning the paint off by hand and with toothbrushes.