Vandals Strike ‘Black Lives Matter’ Mural Outside Trump Tower Again

Erica Brosnan
July 17, 2020 - 6:27 pm

    NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — For the second time this week, vandals have struck the “Black Lives Matter” mural in front of Trump Tower.

    The mural was painted on Fifth Avenue, between 56th and 57th Streets, on July 9.

    On Monday, a man splattered red paint on the mural, causing drivers to smear the paint over bright yellow letters. 

    The city quickly worked to fix the mural and police began searching for the suspect. 

    On Friday, vandals struck again, this time splashing blue paint across the words. 

    Authorities say ten people were involved in the destruction and three people were arrested in connection.

    One woman arrested was reportedly wearing a rainbow flag as a cape and a shirt that read “All Lives Matter.”

    The mural was being cleaned again Friday afternoon.

    Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, participated in paint the letters outside Trump Tower as a message to the President Donald Trump, who has denounced the mural and the Black Lives Matter movement as a whole. 

    Before the mural was painted, Trump took to Twitter to express his disapproval. 

    "NYC is cutting Police $’s by ONE BILLION DOLLARS, and yet the @NYCMayor is going to paint a big, expensive, yellow Black Lives Matter sign on Fifth Avenue, denigrating this luxury Avenue," Trump tweeted.

    He called the mural a “symbol of hate” and falsely claimed the Black Lives Matter movement was attempting to violently target police officers. 

    Anyone with information in regard to the incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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