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Manhattan Black Lives Matter mural vandalized for second time, 3 arrested

Black Lives Matter mural defaced again
Posted at 4:29 PM, Jul 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-17 22:14:16-04

MIDTOWN MANHATTAN — A Black Lives Matter mural adorning Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan has been vandalized for a second time, video posted to social media shows.

Friday afternoon, just before 4 p.m., video showed the yellow letters painted on the street outside Trump Tower splattered with blue paint.

A police spokesperson told PIX11 three people were arrested and one person was issued summons.

Juliet Germanotta, 39; Luis Martinez, 44; and D'Anna Morgan, 25, were arrested and charged with criminal mischief, police said. They were released and issued desk appearance tickets.

Another woman, 64, was issued a criminal court summons for illegal posting of fliers.

On Tuesday, police released images of a man pouring red paint on the mural Monday afternoon.

The mural was repaired Monday evening.

"To whoever vandalized our mural on 5th Avenue: nice try," Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted. "The #BlackLivesMatter movement is more than words, and it can’t be undone."

The mural was painted last week outside of the president's namesake building and former residence.

"Painting 'Black Lives Matter' outside his home is a message to him that in fact Black lives do matter, that Black people built New York City and they've never been compensated for all they did," the mayor had said.

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

Trump has slammed the mural, calling it a "symbol of hate" in a series of tweets earlier in July.

Lauren Cook contributed.