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Downtown Orlando Black Lives Matter mural defaced

Orlando police reported for a recently painted “Black Lives Matter” mural downtown has been defaced.

The Orlando police said the incident will be investigated actively Saturday morning. Community members began the project Thursday and were set to finish the painting the piece over the weekend.

As of Friday, the mural consisted of 30 feet long letters in colors of the Pan-African flag. It is located across from Lake Eola on Rosalind 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.