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'Black Lives Matter' murals in Harlem, Brooklyn targeted by vandals with paint

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Posted at 1:32 PM, Jul 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-19 14:39:45-04

NEW YORK CITY — "Black Lives Matter" murals in Harlem and Brooklyn were targeted with paint late Saturday and early Sunday in what appears to be a string of coordinated acts that also involved the mural outside Trump Tower.

Videos posted to Facebook show a group of people dumping paint on the murals in Harlem and Brooklyn.

The Harlem mural is located at West 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard. The Brooklyn mural that was targeted appears to be the one located outside Brooklyn Borough Hall.

The suspected vandals appear to be the same two women who were arrested earlier Saturday after throwing black paint on the “Black Lives Matter” mural in front of Trump Tower, according to the Facebook videos.

The women, who are Black and wore shirts that read “Jesus Matters,” said in one of the videos that they are supporters of President Donald Trump. They called for an end to the Black Lives Matter movement as well as to “re-fund” police.

Julia Arredondo, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s deputy press secretary, told PIX11 on Sunday that the city would help fix the murals.

“It is absolutely unacceptable that these murals to commemorate the Black Lives Matter Movement were vandalized, and we will absolutely fix them,” Arredondo said.

Vandals have targeted the "Black Lives Matter" mural outside Trump Tower at least four times since it was completed earlier this month. Several arrests have been made in connection with the incidents.

Dozens of cities across the country have painted similar murals, following in the footsteps of Washington, D.C.

Trump has slammed the mural outside of his namesake building and former residence, calling it a "symbol of hate" in a series of tweets earlier in July.

PIX11 News' Stephen M. Lepore, Jennifer Bisram and Corey Crockett contributed to this report.