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Vandal defaces 'I Can't Breathe' artwork; artist takes action

Quick-thinking witnesses help police identify a suspect


Last updated 7/22/2020 at 2:37pm

Brian Soergel

Christabel Jamison with her temporary art installation on the Sixth Avenue North fence after it was repaired.

The artist who created the "I Can't Breathe" art installation in Edmonds quickly repaired it Tuesday, July 14, after a vandal defaced it earlier in the day.

"I've heard some people were upset by the installation," said 18-year-old Christabel Jamison. "I was shocked that someone would actually take it that far to vandalize it."

According to Edmonds Police Detective Julie Govantes, at 1:46 p.m. Tuesday two witnesses reported they saw an older white male vandalizing the artwork on Sixth Avenue North.

The witnesses provided police with the suspect's vehicle license plate. Officers responded to...

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