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Black Lives Matter Mural Outside Trump Tower Vandalized 3 Times In One Week

Jul 19, 2020, 9:56 AM
In this photo provided by the New York City Police Department, the Black Lives Matter mural in fron...
In this photo provided by the New York City Police Department, the Black Lives Matter mural in front of Trump Tower is defaced with blue paint, Friday, July 17, 2020 in New York. It was the second time in one week that the mural was vandalized. (New York Police Department via AP)
(New York Police Department via AP)

The Black Lives Matter street mural in front of Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan has been vandalized three times in one week, according to the New York Police Department.

“It is absolutely unacceptable that the mural to commemorate the Black Lives Matter movement was vandalized, and we will absolutely fix it,” Julia Arredondo, a spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio, said in an email.

The latest incident occurred Saturday afternoon when two women from Staten Island, ages 39 and 29, were arrested after they were seen pouring paint on the mural, the department said.

When an officer attempted to approach one of the women, the officer slipped and injured his head and arm. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital and is in stable condition, the NYPD said.

The two women were charged with criminal mischief and were released with desk appearance tickets, according to the NYPD.

The mural was first vandalized Monday when an unnamed suspect dumped red paint on the V in “Lives.” The department said it was investigating the vandalism.

On Friday, surveillance video captured three individuals “pouring and smearing paint on the mural and one female spreading flyers at the scene,” according to the NYPD.

When police arrived, they arrested four people who had blue paint on their hands and clothing.

Two women, ages 25 and 39, and a 44-year-old man, all from New York City, were charged with criminal mischief and released.

A 64-year-old woman was issued a criminal court summons for illegally posting flyers, according to the police. Police did not say what was on the flyer.

New York City’s mural, similar to the one commissioned by Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser, was painted on Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower earlier this month. The building is home to the Trump Organization’s headquarters.

President Donald Trump called the words “Black Lives Matter” a “symbol of hate” and sharply criticized de Blasio for “denigrating” the area in front of Trump Tower.

The mayor responded by saying the city was “liberating” and “uplifting Fifth Avenue” by painting the mural.

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Black Lives Matter Mural Outside Trump Tower Vandalized 3 Times In One Week