Black Lives Matter mural defaced in Vermont with mud, oil

Vermont governor Phil Scott tweeted Sunday:

Early this morning, in an effort to fuel hate and division, the Black Lives Matter painting in front of the State House was vandalized. This painting serves as an important reminder to make equity a priority and use this movement to drive real action and long overdue change. 1/3

This act of vandalism only reinforces that we’re not immune to racism, divisiveness and hate in Vermont. We must redouble our efforts to dismantle systemic racism and bigotry, and stay united as Vermonters. 2/3

I’ve directed the Vermont State Police and the Department of Buildings and General Services to assist the Montpelier Police Department in the investigation. 3/3

TheHill reports the vandalism of a Black Lives Matter mural in Vermont is under investigation, police said Sunday.

Montpelier police said mud, dirt and oil was placed on the roadway over one of the letters part of a mural project that wrote out “Black Lives Matter.”

Police said graffiti was also spray painted on a nearby sidewalk. The graffiti included spray painted messages of “$400 million gone” and “put it back call Trump,” according to images shared by police.

Police said the messages “referenced government spending and do not appear to reference” the nearby Black Lives Matter mural.

Police said eyewitness accounts described the persona as a white man around 50-years-old, and are asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspect.

Vermont House Speaker Mitzi Johnson (D), who joined in painting the mural, said Capitol Police and buildings and general service staff are working with Montpelier police to restore the painting and “track down the perpetrators.”