Three people were arrested after paint was thrown on the Black Lives Matter mural outside Trump Tower for the second time in a week.
Juliet Germanotta, 39, D’Anna Morgan, 25, and Luis Martinez, 44, all of New York, were charged with criminal mischief and then released for covering the letters on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue with blue paint.
A woman wearing an ‘All Lives Matter’ and rainbow cape was caught on video on Friday splashing the logo that was completed last week by volunteers and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Another woman was busted for putting handprints on the letters that Donald Trump has called a ‘symbol of hate’.
Three people were arrested after paint was thrown on the Black Lives Matter mural outside Trump Tower for the second time in a week
Another woman is pictured pouring more of the blue paint on the mural along Fifth Avenue
The woman in the rainbow cape is spotted putting her painted hand prints on the mural
The woman in the rainbow cape, who is also wearing an All Lives Matter shirt, is pictured after cops moved in to arrest the vandals
One of the suspects told WNBC that the sign should say All Lives Matter. They were joined by a team of 10 people in a coordinated effort to deface the mural that has drawn criticism from the White House and praise from the protesters around the country.
An unidentified 64-year-old woman also was given a summons for illegally posting fliers during the vandalism.
The latest arrests come after another man was caught on surveillance video pouring red paint on the same mural Monday.
Meanwhile, New York authorities are seeking the public’s help in identifying the man from Monday’s vandalism.
The NYPD released footage of the vandal pouring the red paint and shared that he also is wanted for criminal mischief.
Video shows the man at approximately 12.03pm pulling the paint out of a bag as he approaches the mural on 725th 5th Avenue.
He can then be seen pouring the paint on various letters of the mural before heading off in an unknown direction.
The suspect appears to be a white man who could be in his mid-20s or early-30s.
Police described the vandal as being medium build and said that he was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, black shorts, black sneakers and black sunglasses.
City workers are seen cleaning the blue paint off the mural after it was covered on Friday afternoon
Workers from the Department of Transportation wiped away the blue paint where they could
A city worker touches up the mural with roller brush, covering up the blue paint
Cops release surveillance footage and photos of a suspect who poured red paint on Black Lives Matter mural in front of Trump Tower in Manhattan on Monday
Police described the vandal as being medium build and said that he was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, black shorts, black sneakers and black sunglasses
De Blasio hit out at the person responsible on Monday night, tweeting: ‘To whoever vandalized our mural on 5th Avenue: nice try @NYCDOT has already fixed it.’
The unidentified man fled the scene after throwing the paint
Trump Tower has been the site of dozens of protests since Donald Trump was elected – including one last Saturday where anti-racism protests clashed with MAGA fans.
One of the witnesses to Monday’s defacement was a man wearing and selling ‘Dump Trump’ gear on the street.
He was pictured standing nearby a man holding up a sign seemingly intended to gaslight people highlighting racial inequalities.
It read: ‘The only time black lives matter is when they are shot by a white policeman or an Oreo cookie. Defend all policemen.’
An ‘Oreo’ is a derogatory term used against people of color, comparing them to the cookie which is classically brown on the outside and white on the inside. The slur suggests the person exhibits behavior that the person judging aligns with being characteristically white.
The Black Lives Matter mural outside Trump Tower was one of five that de Blasio promised to paint across New York City last month as part of an initiative to honor civil rights activists.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, who joined the community effort to paint the mural in large yellow letters last Thursday, hit out at the person responsible for the defacement in a tweet
Heavily-armed NYPD officers looked on as workers repainted the mural outside Trump Tower
Trump Tower has been the site of dozens of protests since Donald Trump was elected
One of the witnesses to Monday’s defacement was a man wearing and selling ‘Dump Trump’ gear on the street when Trump supporters confronted him
A Trump supporter held up a sign in reference to protests over racial inequalities on Monday
‘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,’ the mayor said at the time.
‘We are acknowledging the truth of ourselves as Americans by saying “Black Lives Matter”. We are righting a wrong.’
Trump expressed his opposition to the mural earlier this month, saying it would denigrate the luxury shopping area. He also said it would ‘further antagonize New York’s finest’.
‘Maybe our GREAT Police, who have been neutralized and scorned by a mayor who hates & disrespects them, won’t let this symbol of hate be affixed to New York’s greatest street,’ Trump tweeted on July 1.
But police appeared to ignore the president’s remarks and were seen protecting the people painting the mural from counter-protesters on Thursday.
Mayor Bill de Blasio is seen helping paint the Black Lives Matter mural alongside Rev. Al Sharpton on July 9
Black Lives Matter murals in other cities have been similarly defaced in recent weeks, including in Chicago, Milwaukee and Washington, DC.
Last week a couple in Martinez, California, were charged with a hate crime after they destroyed a mural there.
‘We must address the root and byproduct of systemic racism in our country. The Black Lives Matter movement is an important civil rights cause that deserves all of our attention,’ Contra Costa District Attorney Diana Becton said in a statement announcing the charges against David Nelson and Nicole Anderson.
‘The mural completed last weekend was a peaceful and powerful way to communicate the importance of Black lives in Contra Costa County and the country. We must continue to elevate discussions and actually listen to one another in an effort to heal our community and country.’