HOUSTON – A George Floyd mural in downtown Houston was vandalized overnight Thursday.
An unidentified person tagged the painting with a racial slur that read: “(slur) lives don’t matter.” The mural is located at the corner of Chartres and Bell.
“Ignorant people with bad hearts and bad motivations do not give them the power,” said HPD Chief Troy Finner during a press conference at the mural. “Our city has been peaceful. The verdict came in, and it was the right verdict. Some people are upset about it. But one thing, in Houston, we are going to stick together.”
In addition to reducing homicides and violent crimes, Finner has often said building trust in the community is also among his department’s top priorities. As the restoration continues and authorities investigate the vandalism, Finner had a message for our community.
“Let’s celebrate who we are. A great diverse sophisticated city and we’re going to show the nation how we stand up. That’s what we should be reflecting on right now. Not the act of one stupid individual,” he said.
The artist behind the mural restored it later that afternoon.