Leslie Knope definitely wouldn’t approve of this behavior.
Actor Micah Beals was arrested earlier this week and charged with second-degree criminal mischief for allegedly vandalizing a statue of George Floyd in New York City, according to the official Twitter of the NYPD’s Hate Crimes division. The 37-year-old is an actor who performed under the name “Micah Femia” and appeared in episodes of Parks and Recreation and CSI: NY.
The vandalism was caught on camera, with footage shared earlier in the month of a man skateboarding by the statue and splashing it with gray paint (above). At the time, Governor Kathy Hochul tweeted:
“This act of cowardice and hate is reprehensible. I have directed @nyspolice Hate Crimes Task Force to provide any assistance in the investigation to find the perpetrator and hold them accountable.”
People reported that Beals had a prior criminal record: he was “arrested for a curfew violation in Washington, D.C., following the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.” So… there may be a particular pattern of behavior here, and it doesn’t look great.
Following Beals’ arrest, Confront Art, the organization responsible for installing the statue, released a statement on their Instagram (below), saying the vandalism was not “just an act of vandalism, but an act of hate.”
A post shared by Confront Art (@confront.art)
What an awful thing to do. We hope Beals faces appropriate justice.
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