An unidentified person defaced a block-long mural reading "Black Lives Matter" commissioned by the City of Cincinnati and painted by local black artists.
A group of racial justice advocates gathered at the mural around 10 p.m. Tuesday night, blocked off the site on Plum Street with cars, attempted to clean the paint off and chanted "Black Lives Matter."
The Cincinnati Police Department later that evening released security camera footage showing a man in a face mask spreading red paint over a portion of the mural. Police say the incident occurred early Sunday morning.
"After a review of area surveillance footage this subject played a role in this incident," Cincinnati Police tweeted, posting a picture of the person. "It occurred on 7/12/20 at 2:20 a.m."
CPD is asking anyone with information about the vandalism to call Crime Stoppers at 513 352 3040.
The mural was dedicated June 19 — the day widely recognized as Juneteenth, when former slaves in Texas learned about emancipation and were freed.
Roughly 70 artists painted the artwork in front of Cincinnati City Hall. Some Cincinnati City Councilmembers floated a plan to turn the block into a pedestrian-only walkway, though Cincinnati City Manager Patrick Duhaney said that idea presented complications.
Some of the artists involved in the mural are said to be working on a plan to repair it.