The wall decoration Black Lives Matter on Manhattan Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower was discouraged on Monday but was fixed quickly, authorities said.
“To whoever vandalized our mural on 5th Avenue: nice try. @NYC_DOT has already fixed it,” tweeted Mayor Bill de Blasio, referring to the city’s Department of Transportation.
The Black Lives Matter movement “is more than words, and it cannot be undone,” de Blasio said.
Video showed that someone splashed red paint on the mural, which was installed on Thursday.
The New York City Police Department said they received a call around 12:15 a.m. Monday about criminal discontent at 725 Fifth Avenue.
“Upon arrival, they discovered that an unknown person had cast red paint on the street art of Black Lives Matter,” the NYPD said. “There are no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.”
Video obtained by NBC New York showed a man putting down a can of paint and running.
After plans for the mural were announced, President Donald Trump called it a “symbol of hatred.” The president tweeted at the time that it would be “denigrating” to what he called a luxury avenue.
Murals for black lives are painted on streets in cities across the country following protests over racial equality and call for police reforms after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis on May 25.
Floyd, who is black, died after a white police officer knelt down because he said he could not breathe. That official and three others have been fired by the Minneapolis Police Department and charged.
Last week in the San Francisco area of Martinez, prosecutors charged two people who were accused of eradicating a mural on July 4 for a hate crime.