Three Arrested for Vandalizing ‘Black Lives Matter’ Mural in New York City

July 18, 2020 Updated: July 19, 2020

Three people were arrested for vandalizing the “Black Lives Matter” words painted on a street in New York City, police said.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) said the vandalism took place around 4:15 p.m. on Friday.

The vandals were named as Juliet Germanotta, 39, Luis Martinez, 44, and D’Anna Morgan, 25.

They were charged with criminal mischief and released with orders to appear in court.

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Azia Toussaint, left, participates in the painting of Black Lives Matter on Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower in New York City on July 9, 2020. (Mark Lennihan/AP Photo)

Photographs and video footage from the scene, outside Trump Tower, showed blue paint spread across part of the painting, which city officials describe as a mural.

One video showed a white woman, Germanotta, wearing a rainbow flag with the word “Trump” dumping paint out of a paint can. The woman also wore a shirt that said “All Lives Matter.”

“It should be all lives. All includes black lives, brown lives, white lives,” Germanotta told CBS New York.

A second woman, who was black, also dumped paint from a can. That woman, Morgan, was carrying a purse with an American flag sticking out of it.

Morgan told NBC that she has relatives in law enforcement.

“Basically, I’m just sick and tired of the disrespect that our law enforcement is getting under de Blasio and [Gov. Andrew] Cuomo,” Morgan said. “I am not anti-black at all. I am African American. All lives matter, including black lives.”

Several hours after the paint was placed, it had been completely removed by city workers.

Germanotta was quoted by a local outlet last week while the mural was being painted. Germanotta, a Democratic congressional candidate during the 2018 election, said she attended the painting to jeer Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat.

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A man dumps red paint on the “Black Lives Matter” mural in New York City on July 13, 2020. (NYPD)

“This is going to get painted over in a day or two by people who love America,” she said.

A fourth person was told to appear in court on a summons for illegally posting flyers, police said. Flyers were seen lying among the blue paint.

The mural was also defaced on Monday by a man who poured red paint over part of it.

That man has not been arrested as of yet, according to police officials.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio, third from left, participates in painting Black Lives Matter on Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower in New York City on July 9, 2020. The mayor’s wife, Chirlane McCray, is fourth from left and Rev. Al Sharpton is second from left. (Mark Lennihan/AP Photo)

De Blasio helped paint the mural on July 9, along with his wife, Chirlane McCray, activist Al Sharpton, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), and volunteers and local artists.

Republican President Donald Trump accused the mayor of “denigrating” Fifth Avenue, where the mural is situated.

The painting would also “further antagonize New York’s Finest,” or police officers, Trump said.

On Thursday, de Blasio said, “Let me tell you, we are not denigrating anything. We are liberating Fifth Avenue.”

“So, when we say, ‘Black Lives Matter’, there is no more American statement, there is no more patriotic statement, because there is no America without black America,” he said.

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