Jun 2, 2020

Kobe Bryant Murals Remain Untouched During LA Riots

Anthony Balogne

he global icon brought the world to a standstill as many mourned his death and celebrated his life. Throughout the world, people painted Kobe Bryant murals in his, and Gigi’s honor. Many of these Kobe Bryant murals were present in Los Angeles, the home of the Lakers. It’s great to see that these murals are still respected amongst everything that is going on. Kobe Bryant murals have been popping up all over the US as fans want to honor this incredible person.

The Late Kobe Bryant

George Floyd Riots in LA

Protesters hit the streets across Los Angeles and neighboring cities for a fifth day to express rage and mourning sparked by the killing of George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes as Floyd begged for mercy before becoming limp and unresponsive.

Stores were closed today in preparation for more unrest. Target said 19 of its stores in L.A. and Orange counties were closed Sunday after the company’s Beverly Grove shopping center location was looted Saturday.

In Long Beach, around 50 protesters faced off with a row of about 30 police officers clad in riot gear on Pine Ave. between 3rd St. and Broadway. People were ordered to disperse and warned that police could use force.

L.A. County implemented a 6 p.m. curfew for the entire county, which supersedes less stringent curfews set by individual cities and unincorporated areas. (The city of L.A. had previously set curfew within city limits for 8 p.m.)

Street Murals of Kobe

As riots became more aggressive over the weekend, people feared graffiti would cover and destroy these works of art. Exemplifying the impact Kobe had on the city of Los Angeles, the murals remained in perfect condition.

Kobe Bryant murals
Memorial mural of Kobe Bryant

It’s very common to see large murals being defaced, especially during the riots we see currently happening throughout the US. One the whole, memorial murlas are left alone in honor of those who are depicted in them and that seems to be the case here with these massive works of art.

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