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Two men arrested for vandalizing Black Lives Matter mural in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Police Department

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (KION-TV) -- UPDATE 7/24/21 9:29 p.m. Santa Cruz Police say they have arrested two people accused of vandalizing a Black Lives Matter mural in front of city hall.

Police identified the suspects as 20-year-old Brandon Bochat and 19-year-old Hagan Warner. Both are accused of "burning out" along the mural and causing tire tread marks to stretch along the mural's lettering.

They're booked on felony vandalism and conspiracy to commit a felony charges, according to police.

Santa Cruz Police announced Saturday night they'll be hosting a community meeting regarding the incident Sunday, July 25th, at 11:00 a.m. at the Santa Cruz Police Department on 155 Center Street.

Police say if you would like to submit a question in advance, please call (831) 420-5844 and leave your question in a voicemail.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Santa Cruz Police are looking into the person or people responsible for vandalizing a Black Lives Matter Mural overnight.

In a tweet by Santa Cruz Police Chief Andy Mills, you can see the mural has black lines marked over the yellow block letters that initially read "Black Lives Matter."

https://twitter.com/ChiefAndyMills/status/1418968500736077824?s=20

Chief Mills referred to the incident as "offensive to all of @CityofSantaCruz and its residents."

The mural was initially painted onto Center Street in front of City Hall in September 2020 as a way of "laying the foundation for an ongoing racial equity initiative that will be integrated into the community's annual Juneteenth celebrations" at the time.

The mural was to be put in place in solidarity with other Black Lives Matter murals across the country and was the "brainchild" of Santa Cruz artist, Abi Mustapha, according to the city of Santa Cruz.

Crime / News / Santa Cruz / Santa Cruz County
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Victor Guzman

Victor Guzman is the managing editor at KION News Channel 5/46.

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8 Comments

    1. I’m sure those 2 are a**holes, but this is more important to kion then the rising crime, and murders happening. What a joke of a local news we have.

  1. Burning out on a street is a felony? Foolhardy I admit but I didn’t know it was a felony. So people can paint yellow stripes in the street but you can’t paint black stripes? Black Stripes Matter. I suppose since in all likelihood they intended to deface the “Mural” they should get a little more punishment than simple demonstration of power.

  2. @Avery
    It IS interesting that people accused of murder, possession of illegal guns, crashing into police cars etc, people who really DO pose a potential threat to the community in general, do NOT have their names published when arrested, and these two guys, who potentially committed a racist act and weren’t maybe just drunk and stupid, are instantly published. Call me old fashion, but I think journalism is to be fair and balanced and equal, letting the chips fall where they may.

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