Black Lives Matter Mural in New York City Vandalized Again, 3 Arrested

A New York City Black Lives Matter mural was once again vandalized Friday, leading to the arrest of three people.

Two protesters were captured on video dumping blue and white paint on the mural that Mayor Bill de Blasio had installed in front of President Donald Trump's Trump Tower on 5th Avenue in Manhattan.

Authorities said three people were arrested and given a desk appearance. They have since been released. A fourth person was issued a summons for posting flyers.

This is the second time the mural was vandalized this week, after a man splattered red paint on the mural site Monday. Police released surveillance footage of the suspect and are still looking for him.

Juliet Germanotta and D'anna Morgan, the two protesters who allegedly dumped paint on the mural Friday, said they were against the BLM mural being painted in the first place.

"It should be all lives. All includes Black lives, brown lives, white lives," Germanotta said in an interview with CBS 2 News.

Germanotta wore a rainbow flag as a cape, two buttons displaying social messages – one reading "Trans Lives Matter" and another that said "Hate is a Choice – and a face mask with Trump's "Keep America Great" slogan.

"If cops wanted to put Blue Lives Matter, dumbo will say no," Morgan said, adding that she was referring to de Blasio.

The mayor was asked if a Blue Lives Matter mural could be painted near 1 Police Plaza in a letter Wednesday sent to him by Blue Lives Matter NYC, a non-profit organization created to help law enforcement officers, and Standing Up For NYC, an online community concerned with the increased violence in the city.

"It has come to our attention that you generously allowed and supported the painting of a Black Lives Matter mural...to bring awareness to the issue of systemic racism and discrimination against African Americans," the letter stated, adding that they "applaud" the mayor's support for those causes.

The letter goes on to state that over 30 police officers have been killed in the line of duty thus far this year, and the two groups would like to bring awareness to the "preventable murders" of those in law enforcement.

"Therefore, we respectfully request that you allow us to use our own funds and resources to paint a similar Blue Lives Matter mural...We count on your unbiased support," the letter stated. The two groups also suggested two possible locations for the mural.

Newsweek reached out to de Blasio's office for comment, but did not receive a response back in time for publication.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio paints a Black Lives Matter mural on Fifth Avenue directly in front of Trump Tower on July 9, 2020 in New York City. The mural has been vandalized twice since it was created. David Dee Delgado/Getty