Earlier this month a George Floyd statue placed in New York City was vandalized. At the time, surveillance footage captured an unknown man throwing paint on the face of the artwork. Well, it looks like police finally caught up with the perp. According to CBS New York, Micah Beals was arrested on Monday in connection to the crime.
Who Is Micah?
The 37-year-old man was taken into custody on a second-degree, criminal mischief charge. No additional details were provided by the New York Police Department on the case or the suspect.
As previously reported, Micah allegedly lingered near the artwork in Union Square on October 3, 2021. After a short while, he allegedly rode past George Floyd’s statue on a skateboard. He then threw grey paint on the face and base of the sculpture before taking off on his skateboard.
NYPD Hate Crimes released the surveillance footage via Twitter the day after the incident. It’s unclear how the police identified and arrested this man, but it looks like his days of “painting the town” have said goodbye.
It All Started With An Exhibition
In terms of the George sculpture, members of Confront Art, who installed the temporary exhibition, cleaned off the paint within the same day. Confront Art reportedly connects artists to causes of social justice and commissions them to create artwork.
Artist Chris Carnabui created the exhibition called “See In Justice.” Along with George’s statue called “FLOYD,” the exhibition features similar bust-like sculptures of Breonna Taylor (“BREONNA”) and John Lewis (“JOHN LEWIS”.) Micah did not cause any destruction to the two additional pieces.
The exhibition will be on display until later this week on October 30. Afterwards, the organization plans to tour it across U.S. cities.
This is the second time this statue has sustained an attack. It faced similar opposition after it debuted in Flatbush, Brooklyn back in June. This is a developing story.
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