Videos of women defacing Black Lives Matters murals posted on social media
New videos that have been posted on social media show two women defacing three Black Lives Matter murals across the city.
A worker spent Sunday scraping black paint off the Black Lives Matter mural on Fulton Street in Bed-Stuy.
"If you don't agree with something, that doesn't give you the right to damage anything," said Reginald Sweeney, one of the volunteers who painted the mural in June.
Video posted by 29-year-old Bevelyn Beatty shows her and 39-year-old Edmee Chavannes throwing the black paint over the yellow letters and smearing it as onlookers ask them why they are doing it.
Beatty also posted two other videos. One video taken in Harlem shows the women sitting in the trunk of an SUV and spilling black paint over a mural there.
Another video shows the women smearing black paint on the yellow mural in front of Trump Tower in Manhattan.
In that incident, the NYPD says Beatty and Chavannes were arrested and charged with criminal mischief Saturday afternoon. They both were later released.
Organizers who originally led efforts to paint the mural say they are working on restoring the mural. They say these actions won't stop them from spreading their message.
The NYPD told News 12 it couldn't confirm if the two women were taken back into custody. The department says it is aware of the videos posted on social media and is investigating.