A supporter of President Donald Trump was arrested for a second time after smearing paint across the Black Lives Matter mural that sits in front of Trump Tower.
Mark-David Hutt, of Rochester, New York, was arrested by the New York Police Department on July 25 and 26, becoming one of at least eight people to be detained for vandalizing the city-installed mural.
Video of the vandalism on Sunday shows the 31-year-old crawling on his knees while using his bare hands to smudge the paint over the yellow letters.
An NYPD officer can be heard instructing Hutt that he must stop and stand up.
“Sir, step up sir! You need to stop,” the officer orders Hutt.
Hutt ignores the officer’s warnings several times and is eventually placed in handcuffs.
It took four police officers to get Hutt to comply with their requests.
NYPD Detective Denise Moroney told The Washington Post that Hutt was charged with criminal mischief.
Hutt reportedly defaced the Black Lives Matter mural with paint on both Saturday and Sunday of last week.
Hutt took to Facebook to share a trove of videos and images of him painting over the mural. In one video post, he wrote: “Saturday, I splashed Red. Sunday, I splashed White. & on Monday…”
“Mayor Bill de Blasio has ruined NYC & has put a target on the backs of NYPD’s finest. We need to STAND UP and take our country back. #BlueLivesMatter,” he wrote, attacking the NYC mayor for approving the mural.
Hutt identified himself as the founder of the so-called “LGBTrump” group and has several posts, both on his personal and LGBTrump page, making disparaging comments towards de Blasio and Democrats.
“The #BlackLivesMatter ‘mural’ is nothing more than a Democrat campaign billboard intended to cause more division in America,” one post on the LGBTrump page read.
Another post celebrates the cancelation of San Francisco’s LGBTQ pride parade due to the coronavirus pandemic. One meme falsely claims that teen climate activist Greta Thunberg had apologized for wearing an Antifa shirt.
The page also condemns acts of vandalism committed by agitators during recent BLM protests but appears to celebrate his recent acts of vandalism outside Trump Tower.
One meme shared by Hutt smeared the Black Lives Matter movement, claiming it was no different than the KKK.
I’m not surprised or mad anymore. This is what losing looks like, on your hands and knees in the middle of the street, pushing paint around. Pathetic! pic.twitter.com/ShvwKkDt4K
— TRUST 🌊 (@TRUST_BRENT) July 31, 2020