Montpelier BLM mural vandalized, police release surveillance photo

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Surveillance camera photo courtesy Montpelier Police

Police are looking for a middle-aged white man they believe may have vandalized a Black Lives Matter mural less than 24 hours after after it was painted on State Street in Montpelier.

Montpelier police released a photo of the man from a surveillance video that shows someone defacing the mural in front of the State House early Sunday. Investigators say the man may have been among the hundreds of people who gathered for the mural’s painting Saturday morning.

Police say the man they are looking for is white, about 50 years old with scruffy facial hair. He is an estimated 5’8″ tall and about 170 pounds.

The graffiti did not appear to be directed at the mural’s message protesting police brutality and social inequality. The letter ‘V’ was smeared with mud, dirt and oil and graffiti was sprayed on the sidewalk.

Anyone with information about the incident can call the Montpelier Police at (802) 223-3445. The Vermont State Police and Vermont Capital Police are among the agencies assisting them.

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