NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Someone vandalized the Black Lives Matter mural on Fifth Avenue. The maneuver came on the heels of weekend clashes between supporters of the movement and pro-police protesters.
On Monday night, video surfaced showing a man in daylight but partially disguised with a mask and hat splashing red paint on the mural and then running away.
Mayor Bill de Blasio addressed the incident on Twitter.
“To whoever vandalized our mural on 5th Avenue: nice try. @NYC_DOT has already fixed it,” the mayor wrote in part.
To whoever vandalized our mural on 5th Avenue: nice try. @NYC_DOT has already fixed it.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) July 13, 2020
The Black Lives Matter movement is for some a long-awaited declaration of equity, but to others has been deemed a threat.
Crews worked Monday to restore the mural strategically placed on Fifth Avenue.
“We’re sitting here today in 2020 and we have to go through something like this. It’s a shame. It’s deplorable,” one person said.
“This just agitates more and more people, without any real substance to it, at this point,” another person said.
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This comes after a weekend of altercations between “Back The Blue” pro-police protesters and those with Black Lives Matter.
On Sunday, a fight erupted in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, where five people were arrested and charged, including a 41-year-old man who was Tased by police. Charges against him are pending.
The incidents have deepened the divide, and have people picking sides, CBS2’s Aundrea Cline-Thomas reported.
“There is no justice without safety and there is no safety without justice. The mere fact someone critiques problem policing is not an attack on law enforcement,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.
Adams spent much of his career as an NYPD officer. He’s going to begin a series of conversations between Black Lives Matter and the police.
“If a bullet leaves a barrel of a gun, it does not discriminate if it hits an officer in a blue uniform or a young man in blue jeans, or a little baby 1 years old in a blue baby carriage,” Adams said.
Because Adams says you can support the police and still believe the department needs reforms.
As gun violence continues to plague the city, Adams said there has to be a sense of urgency to find common ground.
Police said the mural defacing investigation is ongoing.