Downtown Orlando Black Lives Matter mural defaced, police say

Crews were set to finish mural Saturday

Volunteers come together to clean up a newly-painted mural in Downtown Orlando after it was targeted by vandals.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando police say a recently painted “Black Lives Matter” mural downtown has been defaced.

The Orlando Police Department said it would be actively investigating the incident Saturday morning.

Community members began the project Thursday and were set to finish painting the piece over the weekend.

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Crews are putting together a “Black Lives Matter” street mural in downtown Orlando near Lake Eola.

As of Friday, the mural consisted of 30-foot long letters in colors of the Pan-African flag. It’s located across from Lake Eola on Rosalind Avenue and stretches between Washington and Robinson streets.

“We’re deeply saddened that a symbol of our commitment to ending racial inequality created together with our community was vandalized,” Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said. “We find this type of behavior disturbing, it has no place in our city, and this will not deter our efforts to bring about real change and action.”

Police ask that if anyone knows information relating to the defaced mural to call CRIMELINE 1-800-423-TIPS. Officers did not offer any other details.

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Downtown Orlando Black Lives Matter mural defaced, police say