The man is arrested after smearing white paint over the Black Lives Matter mural in front of Trump Tower
A New York man was arrested twice for smearing paint over the Black Lives Matter mural in front of Trump Tower.
Mark-David Hutt, from Rochester, was arrested on July 25 and 26 by New York City police and became one of at least eight people detained for vandalizing the mural.
The images of Sunday’s vandalism were captured by a witness and start with the 31-year-old crawling to his knees while wiping the paint with his bare hands.
“Unbelievable,” says one witness. At least five witnesses watch in amazement as Huttd daubs the mural.
Mobile phones show a man, identified as Mark-David Hutt, smearing white paint over the Black Lives Matter mural in front of Trump Tower in New York City
An NYPD officer appears halfway through the footage, telling Hutt to stop his actions.
“Sir, get on sir! You have to stop, ”says the officer.
Hutt ignores the officer’s warnings several times and is eventually placed in handcuffs to be escorted out of the area. It took four police officers to get Hutt to comply with their requests.
NYPD detective Denise Moroney told it The Washington Post that Hutt was charged with crime.
Hutt (photo) crawled on hands and knees to smear the paint, while at least five people recorded the incident with their cell phones
A New York City police officer approached Hutt, but he ignored the officer and continued to destroy the mural
Hutt reportedly scraped the Black Lives Matter mural with red paint on July 25 and used white paint on July 26
Hutt reportedly daubed the Black Lives Matter mural with paint on Saturday and Sunday last week.
On Facebook, Hutt shared a wealth of videos and images of him painting the mural.
In a video post, he wrote, “Saturday I splashed Red. Sunday I splashed White. & on Monday…’
He then accused New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for approving the mural and vowing to make reforms to local law enforcement.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has ruined NYC and has put a target on the backs of NYPD’s best. We have to get up and take our country back. #BlueLivesMatter, ”he wrote.
Earlier this month, the Blasio and New York City Council cut $ 1 billion from the NYPD’s $ 6 billion annual budget in response to protests over police practices after George Floyd’s death.
Hutt identified himself as the founder of ‘LGBTrump’ and has several posts, both on his personal and LGBTrump page, with dismissive remarks to the Blasio and Democrats.
Hutt (left and right) identified himself as the founder of LGBTrump on Facebook and has shared several posts belittling New York City mayor Bill de Blasio
“The #BlackLivesMatter ‘mural’ is nothing more than a Democrat billboard intended to create more division in America,” said a message on the LGBTrump page.
A meme shared by Hutt claimed that the Black Lives Matter movement was “no different” from the KKK. ‘
Authorities have said at least eight people have been arrested for vandalizing the Black Lives Matter mural.
The mural was placed in front of Trump Tower on July 9, much to the chagrin of the President, with help from members of the local community and the Blasio.
In one incident, a woman was identified as Beverly Beatty, the President of At The Wells Ministry, who poured black paint over the mural,
An officer, who appeared to be sliding on the Beatty’s wet paint and bumped his head on the asphalt, was taken to Bellevue Hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
The incident occurred on the 5th Avenue mural on Saturday afternoon when a woman poured black paint onto the letters
For about 30 seconds, the officer writhed in the street after slipping and appearing to hurt his arm or head
Another woman is depicted pouring more of the blue paint onto the mural along Fifth Avenue
“Would you like to thank the police for black people?” the woman shouted, video of the incident shows. “We want our police! Pay our police again! ‘
Three weeks ago, Juliet Germanotta, 39, D’Anna Morgan, 25, and Luis Martinez, 44, were charged all over New York with criminal mischief and then released for covering the letters on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue with blue paint this month.
Cell phone images taken last Sunday showed a woman wearing an ‘All Lives Matter’ and a rainbow cape splashing the logo.
Police described the vandal as mediocre and said he was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, black shorts, black sneakers and black sunglasses
Police officers release surveillance footage and photos of a suspect pouring red paint on Black Lives Matter mural in front of Trump Tower in Manhattan on Monday
And another video shows an unidentified man roughly pulling the paint out of a pocket as he approaches the mural.
It can then be seen pouring the paint onto various letters of the mural before moving in an unknown direction.
The suspect appears to be a white man in his mid-twenties or early thirties.
Police described the vandal as mediocre, saying he was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, black shorts, black sneakers, and black sunglasses.
Across the country, a number of murals of Black Lives Matter have been painted, including Washington DC during ongoing anti-racism and police brutality protests that have engulfed the nation.