Black Lives Matter mural in Springfield defaced for third time

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Black Lives Matter mural in Springfield has been defaced for the third time.

The Black Lives Matter mural located on Court Street has been defaced again but this time with spray paint. The mural was first defaced by a burnout on Tuesday, September 15 just a day after it was completed. Nearly a week later, it was vandalized a second time also by a burnout.

Organizer have a strong medsage for this respionsible for the defacement of the mural. They said they anticpated vadalism and they will continue to fight against racism.

Springfield City Councilor Trayce Whitfield, an organizer of the mural, told 22News that they aren’t discouraged, rather encouraged. Every time the mural is vandalized allies come forward.

“We have decided that every time they vandalize this one we are going to put one up somewhere else” said Whitfield. “We are looking for different places or different buildings that owners will allow us put up Black Lives Matter murals and we are just going to keep plugging away.”

This case is being assigned to a Springfield Police detective.

We inquired with Springfield Police about the surveillance tape but were told it is not being released at this time.

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