At least 2 women arrested for defacing Black Lives Matter mural in NYC

Posted at 5:16 PM, Jul 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-19 17:16:32-04

At least two women were arrested Saturday after vandalizing the Black Lives Matter mural in Midtown New York City, the second time in 24 hours and the third incident this week in which the mural has been defaced.

One woman was seen dumping and smearing black paint onto the yellow letters in the street mural Saturday afternoon.

Crews had freshly repaired the mural after Friday's attack.

An NYPD officer attempting to arrest one of the women defacing the mural slipped in the paint and appeared to sustain minor injuries. He was transported to a hospital and is expected to be okay.

Video captured the woman yelling "refund the police" several times as she struggled with police, working to smear the paint across as much of the roadway before she was ultimately placed into custody.

24 hours earlier, a coordinated effort involving about 10 people targeted the mural with blue paint around 4 p.m. Friday. Three people were arrested in that incident.

On Monday, the mural was defaced with a large splash of red paint.