'Disappointing and heartbreaking': Video shows people vandalizing Breonna Taylor mural in Louisville


LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Recently released surveillance video shows two people vandalizing a new mural of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman killed in March 2020 by police who were attempting to serve a search warrant at her home. 

Police are investigating and a donor is offering a $2,500 reward for information.

The basketball court mural was unveiled earlier this month a day before what would have been Taylor’s 28th birthday. The artist said the work will be repaired. 

In a statement issued by the city, Breonna Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, called for charges.

“It’s very disappointing and heartbreaking that other people of the community would go to this length to say a Black woman’s life didn’t matter, a woman who still deserves justice today,” the statement said, in part. “But know that you did not hurt Breonna, the system already did that. What you did was hinder the healing process going on in the city.”

The video, posted by the Louisville Metro Council, shows two people arriving at the mural on a motorbike last Tuesday night. They can be seen walking and driving back and forth over the mural, which was part of a recent renovation of Lannan Park, in Louisville’s Portland neighborhood. One of the vandals had a flashlight.

The mural appeared to have tire tracks on it in three different places, according to video and photos from Antonio Taylor, an online radio personality and 502 Livestreamer.

Taylor, who is no relation to Breonna,  posted a livestream video last Friday night and photos of the vandalism while he was at the court with several others.

A mural of Breonna Taylor, which was unveiled June 4 on the newly renovated Lannan Park basketball court in Louisville's Portland neighborhood, was recently vandalized with tire marks.

He noted that security cameras were set up in the park as part of the installation.

“This was one of the fears,” he said last week. “One of the fears was that this vandalism was going to happen. That’s why they got the cameras up in a couple different spots. … There were some people in the Portland area who did not want this mural here.”

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