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For the second time in a week the Andrew Jackson statue in front of the Jacksonville Landing was vandalized.

Early Sunday, someone spray-painted "Black Lives Matter" and "Justice for D" a reference to D'Angelo Stallworth who was shot and killed by officers from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office in May.

Officers were serving an eviction at the Planters Walk Apartment complex on Blanding Boulevard. Police say Stallworth put a gun to one of the officer's chest.

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The mysterious artist who’s been tagging utility boxes and other spots around town with gorgeous art in the style of the late Keith Haring is speaking out.

"It could have been me. It could have been me."

These were the words uttered by painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, who was deeply shaken after he heard the story of a black graffiti artist who was beaten to death by New York City police. Seeing his own life reflected in the death of a fellow artist, Basquiat went on to create Defacement (The Death of Michael Stewart), not only to commemorate the young man's death, but also to challenge the state-sanctioned brutality that men of color could face for pursuing their art in public spaces.