MLK Bust Turned White by Vandals

The bronze statue of Martin Luther King was erected less than two months ago

A statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was spray painted white by unknown vandals at Hollywood's internationally-renowned ArtsPark in the downtown area over the weekend.

The bronze bust, which was unveiled to the public about two months ago, was the target of attack early Monday morning, police said. Surveillance video of the park was being watched by investigators, who believe the attack may have been racially motivated.

The 200-pound statue sits atop a base with Dr. King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech. The city worked quickly to clean up the hand-sculpted statue and the MLK display was restored by Monday afternoon.

Police think two white males and one Asian teen might be the culprits. The trio also spray painted several storefronts near the area.

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