Police are asking the public for information after a mural on the “Black Lives Matter” pavement in a Chicago suburb was ripped apart.
The mural was defaced Wednesday night to read “All Lives Matter,” reported a local Fox affiliate.
Oak Park police said in a statement Wednesday that authorities expressed “sadness and disappointment” after the mural was defaced. They also said that the police have gathered evidence that the officers “hope to help identify the vandals” and are urging members of the public to contact the police with any information.
The idea for the mural came from Cullen Benson, a graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School, and was designed and painted by local volunteers under the guidance of the Oak Park Area Arts Council, police said.
The village is working with the arts council and the artist to determine what additional work will be needed to restore the mural to its original state, according to police.
Kasani Cannon, one of the artists on the mural, told FOX 32 that the message behind the mural is still unclear.
“The movement lives within us. You can paint on it, you can drive on it, but once this mural dries, our movement will continue, ”Cannon said.
Cannon also said that the artists were not surprised to see the smashed mural.
“It is unfortunate, but I think it is good that we can see in my opinion the true colors of Oak Park,” Cannon told Fox.
“It is not surprising to see that there are people who thought they had the right to paint about what we have done here,” Zaria Gilmore, another mural artist, told the media.