Two black women arrested for vandalizing BLM street mural outside Trump Tower
For the third time in a week, the bright yellow Black Lives Matter mural painted on the street outside Trump Tower in New York has been attacked by vandals. This time by two African American women.
One of the women reportedly yelled “Refund the police! Refund the police! Jesus matters! Jesus matters! We will never support Black Lives Matter!”
A video captured one of the two Black women involved in the incident pouring paint on the street, then getting down on her knees and using gloved hands to spread paint across the mural.
A New York City police officer was injured attempting to arrest one of the women when he slipped on the paint she had poured on the road. The officer hit his shoulder and head on the pavement.
Nina Khan, a street artist recorded footage of the scene. “My whole body was shaking,” said Khan, who recorded 10 minutes of video. “It was very intense. I didn’t want the police to get hurt. I didn’t want anyone to get hurt.”
The day before, three people were arrested for pouring blue paint on the mural, reported NBC. During that incident, two women and a man were arrested and charged with criminal mischief after surveillance video showed them smearing the blue paint, police said. Germanotta, 39, D'Anna Morgan, 25, and Luis Martinez, 44 were released with a desk appearance ticket, according to police.
On Monday a man wearing a mask poured a can of red paint on the V in the mural.