Police nab pro-Trump graffiti artist with fake wall


New York, United States | AFP | 

President Donald Trump has struggled to convince lawmakers the US needs a wall along its southern border. But in New York, police heeded his advice to catch a pro-Trump graffiti artist: yes, they built a wall.

A family from El Salvador is pictured walking to turn themselves into Border Patrol agents after crossing the Rio Grande to claim asylum in El Paso, Texas on March 19, 2019. – Speaking of an “invasion” of illegal immigrants and criminals, US President Donald Trump last week signed the first veto of his presidency, overriding congressional opposition to secure emergency funding to build a wall on the Mexican border, the signature policy of his administration. (Photo by Paul RATJE / AFP)

Transit Chief Edward Delatorre told journalists Tuesday that officers put up the fake wall to catch the tagger spraying “#LoveTrump” in a subway station in the city’s Brooklyn borough.

The recurring message emblazoned on beams in the mezzanine of the station had sparked a slew of complaints since January from both passengers and transportation employees at the station, Delatorre said.

Officers plotted with New York’s transit authority to put up a plywood wall with a door, which officers hid in for a plainclothes operation starting on March 12.

Three days later, the vandal took the bait. Police identified him as Jamie Montemarano, 43, and charged him for graffiti and criminal mischief.

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