Advertisement
  1. News

Three people arrested after spray painting over ‘Back the Blue’ mural in Tampa, police say

The three teens painted graffiti on Franklin Street where the pro-police mural is located in front of police headquarters in downtown Tampa, according to arrest reports.

TAMPA — Three people were arrested Tuesday night after they spray painted over parts of the “Back the Blue” mural in downtown Tampa, police said.

Alexander Drummond and Seth Raigoza, both 18, and Emily A. Gabaree, 19, were arrested about 11 p.m. at the site of the mural in front of the Tampa Police headquarters on Franklin Street, records show. Each was charged with one count of criminal mischief after detectives reviewed surveillance video and identified them as the people who were spray painting the road, according to Tampa police.

Their arrest reports all include the same line: “The defendant knowingly, intentionally and willfully spraypainted graffiti in the roadway at 411 N Franklin St. causing approximately $200 in damage.”

A fourth suspect, a juvenile, was given a notice to appear on court and released to their parent on scene, police said.

A report by WTSP Ch. 10 showed “BLM” and “PIGS” were among some of the words painted on the mural.

Jail records show Gabaree lives in Land ‘O Lakes, Drummond in Zephyrhills and Raigoza in Wesley Chapel.

The pro-police mural has been a flashpoint for controversy since it was painted Aug. 1. Organizers had applied for, but not yet obtained, a permit for the mural.

Three days later, a person wearing all black was seen on camera getting out of a black vehicle and pouring an unknown substance on the mural. Police said it may have been tar. Shortly after midnight, another person spray-painted “F--- 12 and BLM,” on a roll-up utility door on the north side of Tampa police headquarters. Police said the person also poured red paint on the mural. “F--- 12″ is an anti-police slogan.

Back the Blue organizer Kristen Krutz told the Tampa Bay Times this week that the group was still waiting on a permit to repair the damage from that incident.

• • •

Coverage of local and national protests from the Tampa Bay Times

HOW TO SUPPORT: Whether you’re protesting or staying inside, here are ways to educate yourself and support black-owned businesses.

WHAT PROTESTERS WANT: Protesters explain what changes would make them feel like the movement is successful.

WHAT ARE NON-LETHAL AND LESS-LETHAL WEAPONS? A guide to what’s used in local and national protests.

WHAT ARE ARRESTED PROTESTERS CHARGED WITH? About half the charges filed have included unlawful assembly.

CAN YOU BE FIRED FOR PROTESTING? In Florida, you can. Learn more.

HEADING TO A PROTEST? How to protect eyes from teargas, pepper spray and rubber bullets.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

Advertisement
Advertisement