The New York City Police Department’s Hate Crime division has announced the arrest of a 37-year-old actor for vandalism of the George Floyd bust in the city. Micah Beals, who is also known by his stage name Micha Femia, has had small roles on “Parks and Recreation” and “CSI: NY.”
— The Hill (@thehill) October 27, 2021
Here’s surveillance video of the vandalism:
On 10/3/21, at approx. 10:15 AM, in Union Square Park, a person on a skateboard threw gray paint on the face and base of a statue of George Floyd. Info? DM @NYPDTips or ☎️ 1-800-577-TIPS. @NYPDShea @NYPDDetectives @NYPDPBMS @NYPD13Pct @NYCParks @mayorsCAU pic.twitter.com/PxNQs1u6mw
— NYPD Hate Crimes (@NYPDHateCrimes) October 4, 2021
I thought vandalizing statues was endorsed and encouraged by the government.
— Philip Morrill (@PHMorrill) October 28, 2021
— Dan Wright (@DanSWright) October 28, 2021
When did vandalizing statues become a crime? Based on summer of 2020, I thought it was allowed?
— Mack Williams (@IAmMackWilliams) October 28, 2021
I remember when vandalizing statues was cool. pic.twitter.com/QtkL3kACkx
— David Carter (@MrDavidCarter) October 27, 2021
Wait, I thought statues were fair game.
— Flurypd (@FluryPD) October 28, 2021
I thought statues were free game for vandalism?
— Bruce Wayne 🎃 (@Batmengineer) October 28, 2021
So it’s not cool now ?
— Matthew (@VividMiddle) October 28, 2021
I thought the rule was you could damage or destroy any statues that offended you. Is that not the rule?
— Dr. The Old Knickerbocker (@Dexpectations12) October 28, 2021
I’m sure the task force designated to protecting monuments is working backwards and we should expect indictments for the destruction of statues of Saint Junípero Serra and Christopher Columbus to follow quickly. 🙄
— Anthony J. Pelliccio (@A_Pelliccio) October 28, 2021
But was it insured? According to Democrats all property damage is acceptable if it’s insured.
— Dave Hmm (@DaveEckels) October 28, 2021
“Destroying property, which can be replaced, is not violence” — Nikole Hannah-Jones.
Didn’t know it was illegal to vandalize statutes
— Will Hanby (@WillHanby) October 28, 2021
I thought vandalizing statues was brave and legal? Did something change?
— Brooding Pelican (@BroodingPelican) October 28, 2021
Why was anyone charged with vandalizing a statue? I thought it was legal to deface and tear down statues when we don’t agree with them?
— Vincerus (@Vincerus1) October 28, 2021
Just a peaceful protestor, move along
— basedblackman (@basedblackman1) October 28, 2021
Strange, in the light of latest events I thought vandalizing and even destroying statues is commendable and government actually comes and helps at times.
— Alex (@aleks_bax) October 28, 2021
So vandalizing statues is bad again?
— 𝔇𝔢𝔞𝔱𝔥'𝔰 𝔊𝔲𝔦𝔫𝔢𝔞 𝔓𝔦𝔤 4.0🇺🇲 (@DeathsGuineaPig) October 28, 2021
The good news is that "it's just property."
— Mister Loyal (@MisterLoyalEsq) October 27, 2021
I think it’s a legitimate expression of protest.
— Doug Ronald 🇺🇸🗽🇮🇱🇺🇸🗽🇮🇱 (@dougbalt) October 28, 2021
I was reliably informed destruction of statutes was a legitimate form of protest
— Leavethe99 (@Leavethe991) October 28, 2021
— Eric Winegarden 🇺🇸 (@EricVldw) October 28, 2021
I was told this was not a crime.
— Lorien1973 (@Lorien19731) October 28, 2021
This one’s a hate crime.
It's just a statue. Don't they have insurance?
— Amrond Thardell (@amrond99) October 28, 2021
‘What happened to ‘it’s just property’?’ NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is finally prepared to crack down on vandalism of statues https://t.co/pA4siNvXc7
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 26, 2021