Black Lives Matter homecoming float vandalized

Posted at 11:41 AM, Oct 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-17 07:05:55-04

Boise State University's president says a homecoming float dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement has been vandalized. And now a security team is investigating. 

The float was designed by the "Afro-Black Student Alliance"  to raise awareness for the Black Lives Matter movement during the homecoming parade. 
According to the alliance president, balloons with the names of police shooting victims were popped and a Black Lives Matter sign was destroyed.The group discovered the vandalism before the event started but still paraded through campus. 
Boise State President Bob Kustra issued a statement early this morning, condemning the vandalism and says he'd support the student's decision if they take the matters to local law enforcement.
Here is his full statement:
I learned this evening that a homecoming float built by the Afro-Black Student Alliance to raise awareness about the Black Lives Matter movement was damaged by vandals. Let me say unequivocally that I and all Boise State leaders condemn this act and any attempt to quiet the constitutionally protected free speech of students and others on our campus. Our security team is investigating the reports and will support the students if they choose to report the vandalism to police. We have reached out to the alliance's student leaders to express our support directly. We intend to continue to do all we can to keep Boise State a safe and welcoming campus for all students.