MANHATTAN — Photos and video of a man who defaced a “Black Lives Matter” mural outside of Trump Tower in Manhattan were released by the NYPD on Tuesday. The video shows a man dousing the Fifth Avenue mural with red paint on Monday just after 12 p.m., police said.
The suspect is wanted for criminal mischief, according to the NYPD.
The Department of Transportation repaired the mural Monday evening, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
“To whoever vandalized our mural on 5th Avenue: nice try,” he tweeted. “The #BlackLivesMatter movement is more than words, and it can’t be undone.”
The mural was painted in front of President Donald Trump’s former home last week.
De Blasio was on hand Thursday to help complete the mural.
“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.
Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
This story comprises reporting from PIX11’s Mark Sundstrom, Anthony DiLorenzo and Andrew Ramos.