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.
Footage of Hutt’s act of vandalism was captured by a witness on Sunday and begins with the 31-year-old crawling on his knees while using his bare hands to smudge the paint over the large yellow letters.
An NYPD officer appears halfway through the short video clip and instructs 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 to be escorted out of the area.
It took four police officers to get Hutt to comply with their requests as he is seen resisting arrest.
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.
The page also condemns acts of vandalism allegedly committed by agitators during recent BLM protests but celebrates 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