Breonna Taylor Bust Lasts 2 Weeks

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© Leo Carson A bust honoring Breonna Taylor was reportedly vandalized Saturday, two weeks after it was installed in Oakland, California.

He wrote that the 'best way to prevent further damage would be to rebuild her in bronze'.

Ms Taylor's death spurred protests against racism and police brutality.

The statue graced an space of downtown Oakland, with the inscription, "Say Her Identify Breonna Taylor".

Meanwhile, local police said they are aware of the vandalism and are conducting an investigation into the incident.

"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.

"The vandals wanted to intimidate and silence the Black Lives Matter movement, and this is a demonstration that they are few and we are thousands", Carson said of reaching his fundraising goal.

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A new bust will take several months to complete, but Carson said he anticipates it won't be so easily destroyed again: He plans to use bronze this time.

What happened to Breonna Taylor?

The police killing of Breonna Taylor continued to fuel civic unrest after a Kentucky grand jury chose to indict only one of the three Louisville Metro Police Department officers involved in the fatal shooting back in March. The 26-year-old medical technician was in bed with her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, at the time.

Police entered on a warrant for a suspect who was not living in Taylor's residence, and following a search, no drugs were found inside.

Ms Taylor was shot amid the commotion and died on the hallway floor.

Ms Taylor's family sued Louisville authorities in May and reached a $12m (£9.4m) settlement. One of the three officers was sacked in June and has been charged with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment related to firing into several apartments during the raid. One was charged in September with "wanton endangerment" for firing into a neighbour's apartment.

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