George Floyd mural in Northern Quarter defaced with racist slur
GMP is currently investigating the crime
The mural in the Northern Quarter of murdered security guard George Floyd has been maliciously defaced with a racist slur.
The slur was found by police on a routine patrol early on Wednesday morning, and the mural was immediately boarded up and hidden from view of the public.
Councillor Pat Karney declared the graffiti an insult to Mr Floyd’s memory and stated: “This is not what Manchester is about. Manchester is better than this.
“We will do everything we can to find the perpetrator. I can’t imagine what kind of person would do this.”
Manchester's deputy council leader Nigel Murphy condemns a racist attack on the George Floyd mural:"It is utterly sickening this type of behaviour exists in our society. We are reviewing CCTV footage… and will do everything we can to find out who committed this abhorrent crime" pic.twitter.com/0AipBkX44u
— BBC North West (@BBCNWT) July 22, 2020
The artwork, created by artist Akse 19, commemorated George Floyd and was regarded as being a local memorial to the entire Black Lives Matter movement.
The movement continues to draw attention to police brutality, institutional racism, and racism of all kinds; it has been recognised and repeated globally.
CCTV footage from the area is currently being analysed, with the hope of finding the person/s responsible.
Writing Nigg** over the George Floyd painting in #Manchester is absolutely disgusting.
— Kirsty Devlin 🚀 (@Kirstydevlin1) July 22, 2020
Artist Akse, visited the site later Wednesday morning and managed to repair the mural; no evidence of the slur remains.
Councillor Nigel Murphy released a statement, via Facebook: “I’m happy to confirm that the artist who was responsible for the mural has already repaired the damage and restored the mural.
“A huge thank you for their quick action to put right a wrong that has understandably left many people disturbed that this behaviour exists in our society.
“We will continue to help Greater Manchester Police in their investigation and we are determined to bring the person who committed this crime to justice. I would urge anyone with information to get in touch.”
An investigation into the crime is ongoing, and a £1000 bounty available for information leading to an arrest. However, no one has yet been arrested.
Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting 610 of 22/07/20 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.