Story at a glance

  • The New York City Police Department’s Hate Crimes Division announced the arrest of 37-year-old Micah Beals on Twitter Monday.
  • Beals has been charged with criminal mischief in the second degree for vandalizing a statue of George Floyd.
  • The statue of Floyd was vandalized with silver paint on Oct. 3.

A small-time actor has been charged with vandalizing a statue of George Floyd in New York City.

The New York City Police Department’s Hate Crimes Division announced the arrest of 37-year-old Micah Beals on Twitter Monday. Beals has been charged with criminal mischief in the second degree.

The NYPD reportedly identified Beals from a video of the vandalism, showing a white man with a skateboard throwing silver paint on the statue.

This act of cowardice and hate is reprehensible,” New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) tweeted on Oct. 4, the day after the vandalism.


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Beals, who is also known by his stage name Micha Femia, has had small one-off roles on TV shows, such as “Parks and Recreation” and “CSI: NY.”

Beals was previously arrested under his stage name in Washington, D.C., for breaking curfew during the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.


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Published on Oct 27, 2021