Artist: Hulbert Waldroup
Confronting Bodies: Unknown
Date of Action: April 2001
Specific Location: Storefront in the Bronx, New York
Description of Artwork: This mural commemorates the death of West African immigrant Amadou Diallo, who was shot forty-one times by four police officers who claimed they thought he had pulled a gun. Even though Diallo was unarmed, a jury acquitted the officers. The mural features a portrait of Diallo, a skeletal Statue of Liberty raising a gun with skulls at its feet, a burning American flag, and the four officers wearing Ku Klux Klan hoods.
Description of Incident: This controversial mural was vandalized when someone had used black paint to erase the images of the officers. The vandal remains unknown
Results of Incident: Waldroup restored the work to its original state. He said in response to the mural’s alteration, "I will come back here a hundred times and do it all over again, and each time it will be better than the time before.” The police have expressed their wish for someone would take down the mural.
Source: New York Times 4.25.01, NCAC
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