Tampa Police Search for Peace As “Back the Blue” Mural is Defaced

first_imgOfficers noticed the individuals making their “mark” on the mural around 11 p.m. on Tuesday.The juvenile suspect was given a notice to appear and was then released to parents.Meanwhile, two other people were accused of also vandalizing the mural on August 4, just after it was completed, and in separate incidents.Red paint and tar were used in those scenarios.Nearly 40 people created the mural, in an effort to improve the spirits of law enforcement following recent tensions around the country. Tampa’s new “Back the Blue” mural has become quite popular in its brief existence, but not for the reasons you may think.According to police, the image honoring their ranks was vandalized this week, making that the third time in just two weeks.They identified and arrested three adults and one minor for the incident, in which the group spray-painted profanities and drew pigs on the image.Interestingly, officers didn’t have to go too far to catch the group in the act, as the mural is located just outside of the downtown police headquarters.The three adults, none of whom are from that area, are 19-year-old Emily Ann Gabaree, 18-year-old Alexander Thomas Drummond and 18-year-old Seth Michael Raigoza.Tampa Police now offering a $3,000 reward for info on whoever spilled paint on the illegal ‘Back the Blue’ muralhttps://t.co/ppXaMTMDbX— Creative Loafing: Tampa Bay (@cl_tampabay) August 5, 2020last_img

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