Two surveillance cameras recorded graffiti being sprayed on the recently painted “Black Lives Matter” street mural on Rosalind Ave. in Orlando, police said.
Police said one camera captures several subjects approaching the mural on the night of June 26, just before 11:30 p.m. A second camera appears to show vandals defacing the mural while others kept a lookout.
“Abolish Police” and “Not Enough” read some of the graffiti. The mural was restored the following day with some fresh paint.
Keveon Gomera, a 26 year old African-American man was charged with assault and vandalism after he was caught spray painting gravestones of Dominican friars with swastikas and assaulting a security guard at the Catholic Church-run Providence College.
Friars Brian J. Shanley and Kenneth Sicard were at the scene and issued a statement on the matter.
“Officers approached the individual to question what he was doing and to confirm the vandalism when they noticed the suspect had painted swastikas and anti-Catholic language on the cemetery’s central cross and on several of the headstones, and was actively burning American flags that stood at some of the gravesites,” the friars said in a joint statement.
Black Lives Matter demonstrators in Philadelphia have vandalized and defaced a monument of Matthias Baldwin, an American inventor and a strong supporter for the abolition of slavery in the United States.
Photos of the defaced statue with the words “colonizer” and “murderer” written on it quickly went viral online, prompting a flood of critical comments.
The exact date on which the vandalism occurred is unknown and the statue has since been cleaned.
“We can confirm that the statue of Matthias Baldwin, along with other statues in the area of Philadelphia’s City Hall, was tagged with paint and graffiti at some point during the first days of protests that took place in Philadelphia,” said a spokesperson for Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s office. “There has been no subsequent vandalism of the Baldwin statue in recent days. So, while the Baldwin statue was in fact defaced, it did not take place yesterday as the tweet and accompanying image claim.”
After Black Lives Matter protesters in the Belgian city of Antwerp defaced a statue of King Leopold II, Belgium’s longest-reigning monarch, authorities removed it and said it will be put in a museum.
The statue, which was situated in front of a church, was daubed with paint by demonstrators, prompting its removal by local authorities.
However, according to Johan Vermant, a spokesman for Antwerp’s mayor Bart de Wever, the statue will not be returned to its original position after restoration and will instead likely end up in a museum.
“Because of the renovation work planned for 2023 in the square in which it was placed, the statue will not be replaced. It will probably become part of the museum collection,” said de Wever.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Muslim advocacy group wants Kentucky authorities to investigate vandalism on a mural of boxing champ Muhammad Ali as a possible hate crime.
The Kentucky chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations made the request in a news release Monday.
CAIR-Kentucky chair Waheedah Muhammad says “as Americans, we must continue to stand up and loudly say no to hatred and division.”
The words “racist,” ”antisemitic” and “homophobe” were painted in orange over Ali’s portion of the “Kentucky Rushmore” mural that features other icons from the state, including Abraham Lincoln. An employee at a nearby candy store first noticed the graffiti June 12.
The vandalism came days after Louisville celebrated Ali Week to honor the Kentucky native who died in 2016.