NYC paints "Black Lives Matter" mural in front of Trump Tower

NYC to start painting Black Lives Matter mural outside Trump Tower

As part of the city's efforts to honor Black New Yorkers, the mayor, his wife, other elected officials and volunteers painted the message in bright yellow paint on Fifth Avenue, between 56th and 57th streets, directly in front of Trump Tower.

Local NBC News affiliate News 4 NY reported on Wednesday night that city workers would begin painting the mural the following morning. Blasio announced last week he planned to have "Black Lives Matter" painted outside Trump Tower, the president's Manhattan residence, amid similar murals appearing nationwide following the racially charged death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man killed by police in late May.

As KRON4 reports, 42-year-old Nichole Anderson and 53-year-old David Nelson have been charged with violating civil rights, vandalism, and possession of tools to commit vandalism or graffiti.

Zaria Gilmore, another painter, said that she is not surprised "to see there are people who thought they were entitled enough to paint over what we've done here". The mural has since been restored since the unfortunate event on Saturday.

New York Attorney General Letitia James on Wednesday called for sweeping reforms to the New York Police Department, saying the public no longer had faith in their law enforcement.

A message seeking comment left on a phone number listed for Anderson and Nelson was not immediately answered.

"We must address the root and byproduct of systemic racism in our country".

"President Trump said that we would be denigrating the luxury of 5th Avenue". They face up to a year in county jail if convicted. The mural had been approved by he city. "The Black Lives Matter movement is an important civil rights cause that deserves all of our attention", Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton said in a statement.