TikTok’s Latest Craze: Stealing Stuff From School

Students are taking things like soap dispensers, fire alarms and bathroom mirrors. TikTok and educators are trying to stop it, but it’s gone viral.

#hoaxes-and-pranks, #robberies-and-thefts, #school-discipline-students, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #vandalism, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

Questions Swirl After Yet Another Emmett Till Sign Comes Down

A historical marker that stood outside the Mississippi shop where 14-year-old Emmett Till encountered the woman who accused him of whistling at her, may have been toppled by a truck. But a historical center is reluctant to call it an accident.

#civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #mississippi, #national-museum-of-american-history, #till-emmett-louis, #vandalism

George Floyd Statue in Brooklyn Is Defaced With Hate Group’s Symbol

The vandalism came just days after the statue was unveiled, and only a day before the officer who killed Mr. Floyd was to be sentenced.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #brooklyn-nyc, #chauvin-derek-1976, #floyd-george-d-2020, #hate-crimes, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #neo-nazi-groups, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-nyc, #southern-poverty-law-center, #vandalism

N.Y.C. Gallery Commemorating Tulsa Massacre Vandalized

The Black Wall Street Gallery in New York was vandalized three times this week, its owner said. He called on the police to treat it as a hate crime.

#art, #black-people, #black-wall-street-gallery-manhattan-ny, #hate-crimes, #race-and-ethnicity, #soho-manhattan-ny, #tulsa-race-riot-1921, #vandalism, #wright-ricco-1981

Man Charged in Arson at Brooklyn Synagogue and Yeshiva, Officials Say

The man was also connected to assaults on a Jewish man and a Black subway rider and vandalism at a Catholic church, court records show.

#ali-alaheri, #anti-semitism, #arson, #assaults, #brooklyn-nyc, #hate-crimes, #jews-and-judaism, #saint-athanasius-roman-catholic-church, #synagogues, #vandalism

After Nearly a Year of Unrest, Portland Leaders Pursue a Crackdown

Mayor Ted Wheeler said he wanted to “unmask” demonstrators who engaged in property destruction. The Oregon city has seen regular demonstrations since the murder of George Floyd.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #police-department-portland-ore, #vandalism, #wheeler-edward-tevis-ted

Lessons for America From a Weird Portland

Soaring rhetoric about justice is fine. But what matters more is keeping people safe and picking up the garbage.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #homeless-persons, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #portland-ore, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vandalism

Ancient Native American Site Is Defaced in Georgia Forest

Rock faces and boulders bearing figure carvings called petroglyphs were scratched or dabbed with paint, the United States Forest Service said.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #chattahoochee-oconee-national-forest-ga, #cherokee-indians, #forest-service, #georgia, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #muscogee-creek-nation-okumlgee-okla, #native-americans, #vandalism

Couple Who Defaced $400,000 Painting in South Korea Thought It Was a Public Art Project

The vandalism of a piece by the graffiti artist JonOne at a gallery in South Korea has prompted a debate about contemporary art.

#art, #graffiti, #jonone-john-andrew-perello, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea, #vandalism

After Being Scratched and Punched, Trump Wax Figure Is Removed

The figure at Louis Tussaud’s Palace of Wax in San Antonio was so badly battered that it required repairs.

#celebrities, #louis-tussauds-palace-of-wax, #madame-tussauds, #museums, #ripleys-believe-it-or-not, #san-antonio-tex, #trump-donald-j, #vandalism, #wax-figures

The Sinking of a Bust Surfaces a Debate Over Denmark’s Past

An artists’ group, criticized as vandals for dumping the bust of an 18th-century king, Frederik V, into Copenhagen Harbor, says it wanted to draw attention to Denmark’s role in slave trading.

#art, #colleges-and-universities, #colonization, #denmark, #dirckinck-holmfeld-katrine, #frederik-v-1723-66, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #royal-danish-academy-of-fine-arts-copenhagen-denmark, #slavery-historical, #vandalism

In the Bronx, a Face Lost in Time

A much-vandalized bronze statue of “Fame” in Joyce Kilmer Park is to be returned this year with a new head, arms and feet — even without any record of what the statue’s original face looked like.

#bronx-nyc, #heintz-louis-j-1861-93, #joyce-kilmer-park-bronx-ny, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #parks-and-recreation-department-nyc, #saunders-john-artist, #sculpture, #vandalism

First Inventory of Damage to U.S. Capitol Building Released

The damage was largely limited to broken glass, busted doors and graffiti, the report said.

#architecture, #art, #capitol-building-washington-dc, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #graffiti, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #looting-crime, #murals, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states, #united-states-capitol-police, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vandalism

Cherry Blossom Trees Vandalized in San Francisco’s Japantown

The destruction of the trees, planted by a Japanese cultural center to commemorate a 1994 visit by the emperor and empress of Japan, was captured on surveillance footage.

#asian-americans, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #japanese-americans, #san-francisco-calif, #trees-and-shrubs, #vandalism

Curators Scour Capitol for Damage to the Building or Its Art

Initial reports indicate that despite multiple incidents of vandalism, smashed windows and broken doors, major damage to the building itself or its artworks was avoided.

#art, #capitol-building-washington-dc, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #looting-crime, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #murals, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vandalism, #washington-dc

Inside the Harrowing Day When the Capitol Went Into Lockdown

Three New York Times journalists were at the Capitol when it was breached. Here’s how they experienced it.

#capitol-building-washington-dc, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #house-of-representatives, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vandalism

Assault on the Capitol: America’s ‘Dark Night of the Soul’

Readers urge that President Trump be removed from office or prosecuted, assess blame, and wonder why a mob was able to storm the Capitol unimpeded.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vandalism

Merkel Blames Trump for U.S. Capitol Mob, but Europe Also Sees Reason for Hope

As America’s European allies digested events that rocked Washington, many expressed faith in the strength of U.S. democracy to prevail.

#capitol-building-washington-dc, #europe, #international-relations, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vandalism

Homes of Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi Are Reported Vandalized

Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, called the vandalism of his Louisville, Ky., home a “radical tantrum” taken from a “toxic playbook.”

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #louisville-ky, #mcconnell-mitch, #pelosi-nancy, #san-francisco-calif, #stimulus-economic, #vandalism

Weeks-Old Statue of Breonna Taylor Is Smashed to Pieces in Oakland, Calif.

The vandalism of the ceramic sculpture of Ms. Taylor near City Hall is under investigation, the police said.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #carson-leo, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #louisville-ky, #oakland-calif, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-oakland-calif, #race-and-ethnicity, #sculpture, #taylor-breonna-1993-2020, #vandalism

California Monolith Is Removed and Replaced With a Cross

A group of young men chanting “Christ is king!” drove five hours to dismantle the third shiny metal structure to mysteriously appear in the last few weeks, leaving a wooden cross in its place.

#art, #atascadero-calif, #california, #men-and-boys, #monolith, #sculpture, #vandalism

Is Margaret Thatcher’s Hometown Ready to Put Her on a Pedestal?

The first woman to be prime minister of Britain is seen as a political colossus abroad, but her 11 years in power have a complicated legacy at home.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #grantham-england, #great-britain, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #thatcher-margaret-h, #vandalism

Rome Tracks Down the Man Behind All That Graffiti. No, It’s Not Banksy.

The tagger known as Geco is not as famous as the British provocateur, but he has made a name for himself in Italy.

#art, #banksy, #fairey-shepard, #graffiti, #haring-keith, #italy, #lisbon-portugal, #portugal, #raggi-virginia-1978, #rome-italy, #vandalism

Macy’s, Saks and Small Stores Brace for Potential N.Y.C. Unrest

On the eve of Election Day, stores in Manhattan shopping districts boarded up, reflecting an anxiety among retailers across the nation.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #looting-crime, #new-york-city, #presidential-election-of-2020, #shopping-and-retail, #vandalism

Signs Get Snatched, Kicked, Burned as Political Battle Reaches the Front Lawn

Fights over political signs happen every year, but this year seems more intense. “It feels like a war,” one resident said.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #presidential-election-of-2020, #robberies-and-thefts, #trump-donald-j, #vandalism

Can Joe Biden Peel Away Older Voters in Florida?

In the swing state’s conservative retirement communities, some voters have switched sides. And some of them have reason to worry about what the neighbors might think.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #florida, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #retirement-communities-and-assisted-living, #trump-donald-j, #vandalism, #villages-the-fla

What We Know About the Death of Walter Wallace Jr. in Philadelphia

The fatal shooting of Mr. Wallace, a 27-year-old Black man, set off protests, looting and violent clashes with the police in Pennsylvania, a swing state, days before the presidential election.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #law-and-legislation, #looting-crime, #philadelphia-pa, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #presidential-election-of-2020, #vandalism, #wallace-walter-jr-1993-2020

The Rich in New York Confront an Unfamiliar Word: No

The pandemic is causing inequality to soar, but increasingly the privileged are discovering that they can’t bend the world to their will.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #high-net-worth-individuals, #homeless-persons, #income-inequality, #lucerne-manhattan-ny-hotel, #mastro-randy-m, #new-york-city, #upper-west-side-manhattan-ny, #vandalism

In Emptier Subways, Violent Crime Is Rising

Reports of homicides, rapes and burglaries are posing another challenge to regaining the confidence of passengers during the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #new-york-city-transit-authority, #police, #police-department-nyc, #robberies-and-thefts, #sex-crimes, #subways, #transit-systems, #vandalism

The Truth About Today’s Anarchists

“Insurrectionary anarchists” have been protesting for racial justice all summer. Some Black leaders wish they would go home.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #looting-crime, #police-reform, #vandalism

Biden Condemned Violence. Why Won’t Trump?

Only one candidate incites his supporters to mayhem.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-national-convention, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vandalism, #voting-and-voters

Smashed Windows on Subway Cars Have Cost the M.T.A. $300,000

The vandalism, which harkens back to a period of economic hardship in New York City, comes at a time when the transit agency is facing a staggering financial crisis.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #transit-systems, #vandalism

Italy Wants Its Tourists Back, Unless They Sit on the Statues

Damaged treasures and broken rules have put the spotlight on the country’s fragile cultural heritage, and the need to better educate visitors.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #italy, #ministry-of-cultural-heritage-and-tourism-italy, #museums, #pompeii-italy, #travel-and-vacations, #vandalism

Taking Protest to the Streets, and the Mayor’s Front Door

City leaders and public health officials are now seeing protests outside their own homes, with some protesters wielding bullhorns, spray paint, and even eggs and paintballs.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #durkan-jenny-a, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #privacy, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #schaaf-libby-1965, #seattle-wash, #vandalism

‘Black Lives Matter’ Mural Outside Trump Tower Is Vandalized Multiple Times

In five incidents, people have thrown paint on the bright-yellow street display on Fifth Avenue. Each time, city workers have restored the lettering.

#american-museum-of-natural-history, #black-lives-matter-movement, #de-blasio-bill, #murals, #new-york-city, #perseverance-mars-rover, #trump-tower-manhattan-ny, #trump-donald-j, #vandalism

Partyers Clash With German Police

Tensions are running high in the country amid a national debate on racial profiling in police ranks.

#attacks-on-police, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #frankfurt-germany, #germany, #racial-profiling, #vandalism

Someone Tore Down a Union Army Statue in Saratoga Springs. Why?

The monument in a New York park was dedicated to men who volunteered to fight for the Union during the Civil War. It is unclear who toppled it, and for what reason.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #saratoga-springs-ny, #vandalism

Graffiti Is Back in Virus-Worn New York

The city’s coronavirus lockdown and subsequent rise in unemployment have created the perfect conditions for a new generation of graffiti writers.

#art, #chalfant-henry, #cooper-martha-photographer, #east-new-york-brooklyn-ny, #graffiti, #grand-concourse-bronx-ny, #new-york-city, #south-bronx-bronx-ny, #vandalism

2 People Charged With Hate Crime After Black Lives Matter Mural Is Vandalized

If convicted, the two residents of Martinez, Calif., could face up to a year in jail, prosecutors say.

#anderson-nicole-claudia, #black-lives-matter-movement, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #hate-crimes, #martinez-calif, #murals, #nelson-david-richard, #vandalism

Who Tore Down This Frederick Douglass Statue?

President Trump and others have speculated about why vandals destroyed a Rochester, N.Y., statue of the prominent Black abolitionist even as protests against systemic racism continue.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #brooks-cornell-william, #douglass-frederick, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #slavery-historical, #trump-donald-j, #underground-railroad-19th-century, #vandalism

Police Seek 2 White People Who Were Seen Vandalizing Black Lives Matter Mural

“I’m not so surprised that it happened,” said the mural’s organizer, Justin Gomez. “I’m surprised at how bold they chose to be.”

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #california, #justin-gomez, #martinez-calif, #murals, #vandalism

Trump Issues Executive Order Targeting Vandalism Against Monuments

The order also threatens to withhold funding from local governments that fail to protect their own statues from vandals.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vandalism

Public Employees Are Accused of Vandalizing Black Lives Matter Sign

A Sheriff’s Office worker and an investigative assistant with the District Attorney’s Office in Ventura County, Calif., were arrested after the authorities reviewed footage from a surveillance camera.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #thousand-oaks-calif, #vandalism, #ventura-county-calif

Kansas City Police Investigate Vandalism of Memorial to Lynching Victim

The memorial to Levi Harrington, a black man killed in Kansas City, Mo., in the 1880s, had been vandalized before.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #equal-justice-initiative, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #harrington-levi-d-1882, #kansas-city-mo, #lynching, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #vandalism

Jake Paul Charged With Misdemeanor Trespassing After Mall Looting

Videos posted on social media showed the 23-year-old YouTube star at a Scottsdale, Ariz., mall that was being looted on Saturday night.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #looting-crime, #paul-logan-1995, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #scottsdale-ariz, #social-media, #vandalism, #youtube-com

For Some Minority-Owned Businesses, Their Lenders Are Now Their Defenders

Black- and Latino-owned businesses have suffered damage from vandals and arsonists on the fringes of the protests over police brutality. Non-bank community lenders are helping owners stand their ground.

#community-development-financial-institutions, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #justine-petersen-housingreinvestment-corp, #minorities, #small-business, #united-states, #vandalism

A Weekend of Pain and Protest

Dispatches from cities across the U.S. being rocked by protests over police brutality after the death of George Floyd.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #floyd-george-d-2020, #looting-crime, #minneapolis-minn, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #united-states, #vandalism

A Timeline of the George Floyd Protests

Demonstrators in Minneapolis and across the country have poured into the streets since George Floyd died in police custody. Here’s how the protests have unfolded.

#black-people, #chauvin-derek-1976, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #floyd-george-d-2020, #frey-jacob-1981, #looting-crime, #minneapolis-minn, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #trump-donald-j, #vandalism

Anti-Semitic Incidents Surged in 2019, Report Says

The Anti-Defamation League reported more than 2,100 anti-Semitic incidents in the United States, a 12 percent jump and the most in any year since it began tracking them four decades ago.

#anti-defamation-league, #anti-semitism, #discrimination, #jersey-city-nj, #jews-and-judaism, #monsey-ny, #poway-calif, #ramapo-ny, #vandalism

Restaurant Burglaries on the Rise as Thieves Target the Liquor

Emboldened by the vacant streets and empty dining rooms, thieves in some cities are targeting restaurants.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restaurants, #robberies-and-thefts, #shutdowns-institutional, #small-business, #united-states, #vandalism