Cities and communities across the country have been damaged and destroyed as some protests have turned into riots.
The protests and riots began in Minnesota after video emerged of a now-former Minneapolis police officer kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes, leading to his apparent death.
New York City has arguably become a more dangerous place in America amid the “Defund the Police” movement.
Last week, three NYPD officers were violently attacked by “protesters” and left with serious injuries during a “Defund the Police” rally.
Now, a black woman has reportedly been arrested and charged for defacing the Black Lives Matter mural outside Trump Tower in New York City.
A black woman was caught on camera destroying the Black Lives Matter mural outside Trump Tower in New York City while shouting, “Refund our police.”
Bevelyn Beatty was seen pouring black paint over the bold, yellow letters Saturday. She was subsequently charged with criminal mischief, was given a desk appearance ticket, and released by authorities.
“They do it for black people, right? Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter but you want to defund the police for black people,” Beatty said in video of her act. “No. They’re lying. We’re not standing with Black Lives Matter. We want our police. Refund our police! Refund our police!”
She could also be also seen crawling on her hands and knees to spread the black paint over the mural. Officers with the New York City Police Department then pulled her away from the mural.
“[email protected] @BilldeBlasio Why is it that the NYPD was ordered to stand down for #BlackLivesMattter thugs that engage in arson and looting, but anyone that goes near your #BLM mural gets locked up. You are nothing but a thug yourself,” former Police Commissioner Bernard B. Kerik said of the scene on Twitter.
Kerik added in another tweet, “The mural was created by a Marxist mayor, the #BLM founders are trained Marxists, inspired by a Marxist cop killer, and have a Marxist revolutionary convicted of possessing 640 pounds of explosives fundraising for them.”
The mural was painted beginning on July 9 after a spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio, Julia Arredondo, confirmed the plan for the mural earlier this summer, suggesting its location was intentional.
“The president is a disgrace to the values we cherish in New York City,” she said in a statement. “He can’t run or deny the reality we are facing, and any time he wants to set foot in the place he claims is his hometown, he should be reminded Black Lives Matter.”
President Trump slammed the mayor over the planned mural, citing the city slashing its police budget by $1 billion but authorizing “a big, expensive, yellow Black Lives Matter” mural on one of the country’s most famous streets.
“NYC is cutting Police $’s by ONE BILLION DOLLARS, and yet the @NYCMayor is going to paint a big, expensive, yellow Black Lives Matter sign on Fifth Avenue, denigrating this luxury Avenue,” he said of the painting.
Saturday marked the fourth time the mural was vandalized last week. The Department of Transportation is responsible for repairing the mural.
Beatty is reportedly a member of Christian nonprofit organization At The Well Ministries.
— Mike Carter (@MikeCarterTV) July 18, 2020
Someone painted over the Black Lives Matter graffiti in front of Trump Tower AGAIN today.
The activists are calling it #OperationPaintDrop & say they're going keep doing it every day because BLM is a Marxist movement.
This is the third time this week. pic.twitter.com/KSP9tt1zXp
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) July 18, 2020