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Actor Who Appeared In 'Parks And Recreation' Arrested For Allegedly Vandalizing George Floyd Statue

Micah Beals, who appeared in 'Parks and Recreation' and 'CSI:NY' under the stage name Micah Femia, was also reportedly arrested earlier this year for a curfew violation in Washington D.C. after the Capitol riot.

By Jill Sederstrom
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An actor who once appeared in the popular television show “Parks and Recreation,” has been arrested for vandalizing a George Floyd statue in New York City.

The New York City Police Hate Crimes unit said in a statement on Twitter that Micah Beals, 37, allegedly rode by the statue in Union Square Park on a skateboard around 10:15 a.m. on Oct. 3 and threw grey paint on the face and base of the piece of art.

Beals is now facing charges of criminal mischief in the second-degree.

The department released surveillance footage of the incident which shows a man wearing a neon yellow shirt, dark hoodie and stocking cap riding by the statue and throwing the paint across the front of the art, before heading off on the skateboard.

Shortly after the incident, New York Governor Kathy Hochul vowed to help police with any resources they might need to help solve the crime in a statement on social media.

“This act of cowardice and hate is reprehensible,” she said at the time.

It was the second time the sculpture had been vandalized.

While the memorial was being displayed at Flatbush Junction in Brooklyn on June 24, four men with bandanas spray-painted the statute with a white supremacist message, according to The New York Daily News.

It was later moved to Union Square Park, where it was exhibited along with statues of late congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis and Breona Taylor, a black paramedic who was shot by Kentucky police in March of 2020 while they were serving a no-knock warrant.

Lindsay Eshelman, co-founder of the group Confront Art who is responsible for the statue, said it had been installed in Union Square just 48 hours before it was vandalized in the latest attack, CBS News reports.

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Confront Art also addressed the vandalism earlier this month in a statement on Twitter.

“It takes a lot of courage to display the 3 statutes we are exhibiting in Union Square. It also takes a good deal of courage to vandalize a statute on a global stage in broad daylight,” they wrote. “This continues to bring light to our mission that art is a conversation catalyst, a place for public discourse, and through these acts we can hopefully overcome hate and find unity for the future. We continue to be inspired to create and display art to further this important mission.”

Beals has performed as an actor under the stage name Micah Femia and appeared in one episode of “Parks and Recreation” in 2011 and an episode of “CSI: NY” in 2005, according to IMDB. He’s also appeared in several short films.

Beals was also arrested earlier this year in Washington D.C. after the Capitol riots for a curfew violation, People reports.

He was released on his own recognizance Tuesday after being arraigned on the latest charges against him in New York City, according to The New York Post.