Reward offered and video released of vandalism at Lannan Park on the Breonna Taylor Basketball Court

June 16, 2021

Louisville – Less than one week after it was officially dedicated, Louisville Metro Police are asking for the public’s help in finding who vandalized the Breonna Taylor basketball court on Wednesday June 9th.

          The court was formally dedicated after coordination by Councilwoman Donna Purvis (D-5), the Russ Smith Foundation, Metro Parks and the artist team of muralist Comacell Brown, Jr. a memorial to remember Taylor’s life.

          "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. 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. I hope that when you are caught you face charges for your heinous acts and you know you failed the city and the community with your disregard for a black life, a woman's life, a life that has brought this city and its communities together like never before," says Tamika Palmer, Breonna Taylor’s mother.

          “Our foundations' goal of the court makeover was to provide awareness and encourage co-existing amongst everyone within the community of all different beliefs, color, and religion. If there are those that cannot comprehend co-existing and equality, then there are problems that lie deep within themselves. Love always prevails over hate and we won't allow any hateful actions to deter our mission to promote a community of love, equality and co-existence." says Russ Smith.

          Video from a private security system shows two males on a motorbike vandalizing the court.

          "My team and I are disappointed and perplexed as to why someone would disrespect such a sentimental memorial that displays the unity and rebuild of a city and its communities after all they've been through. I would caution the perpetrators to look in the mirror and reevaluate themselves for being filled with so much hate towards peace. But we will prevail, and it will be repaired," says Comacell Brown, Jr.

          While Louisville Metro Police ask for the community’s help in finding the vandals an anonymous donor has offered a $2500.00 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators.

          "I am thankful for the anonymous donor stepping up and showing the community hate will not be tolerated. I am hopeful that we can co-exist and move the community forward,” says Councilwoman Purvis.

          To see the video of the vandalizing of the basketball court go to: https://www.facebook.com/LouisvilleMetroCouncil/videos/112852230914825.

Louisville Metro Police are asking anyone with any information to call the Tip Line at 502-582-CLUE (2583)

 

 

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