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‘Failed actor,’ 37, is arrested ‘for vandalizing George Floyd statue in Manhattan’

Micah Beals, 37, aka Micah Femiah, was arrested on Monday for allegedly throwing silver paint at a George Floyd statue at a Manhattan park on October 3

Cops say a white skateboarder filmed hurling silver paint over a George Floyd statue in Manhattan is a 37 year-old failed actor who has scored bit-parts in Parks and Recreation as well as CSI.   

According to the New York Police Department, Micah Beals, of Maspeth in Queens, was charged with second-degree criminal mischief for allegedly defacing the statue at Union Square Park at around 10am on October 3. 

Footage released after the incident showed a man, wearing a dark green jacket, a neon green T-shirt, black shorts, black and white sneakers and a black beanie walking along the park carrying his skateboard in one hand.

He later ducks behind a nearby statue of the late Rep. John Lewis and is seen grabbing something from his green backpack before he gets on his skateboard and hurls silver paint at the George Floyd bust before riding off, heading north on the west side of the park at around 10.15am.

Two people – apparently a woman and a child – were standing nearby when the vandalism occurred.

The incident was originally being investigated as a hate crime, but Beals has not been charged for a hate crime. Cops have yet to address a possible motive for the vandalism incident. 

DailyMail.com has reached out to Beals for comment. 

Surveillance footage released by the New York Police Department shows a man, wearing a dark green jacket, a neon green T-shirt, black shorts, black and white sneakers and a black beanie walking along Union Square Park carrying his skateboard

Surveillance footage released by the New York Police Department shows a man, wearing a dark green jacket, a neon green T-shirt, black shorts, black and white sneakers and a black beanie walking along Union Square Park carrying his skateboard

He later ducks behind a statue of the late Rep. John Lewis and is seen grabbing something from his backpack

He later ducks behind a statue of the late Rep. John Lewis and is seen grabbing something from his backpack

The suspect then gets on his skateboard and sprays silver paint at the George Floyd memorial

The suspect then gets on his skateboard and sprays silver paint at the George Floyd memorial

Two people - apparently a woman and a child - were trying to take a picture of the statue at the time of the vandalism

Two people – apparently a woman and a child – were trying to take a picture of the statue at the time of the vandalism

The suspect was later seen trying to enter the subway

The suspect was later seen trying to enter the subway

Beals, also known by his stage name, Micah Femiah, has previously been arrested in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021 on a curfew violation after the insurrection at the United States Capitol.

The case against him is still pending, according to Heavy.com, but is listed as ‘post and forfeit.’

Under D.C. law, if someone is arrested for ‘certain traffic and a number of lower level offenses,’ they can ‘post and forfeit the collateral rather than to appear in court, thus waiving his or her right to a trial.’

Additionally, Beals has prior arrests dating back to 2002 in multiple states, including his home state of Michigan, as well as California and Washington state.

He was charged with driving with an expired registration place in Kent County, Michigan in 2002, and 10 years later, he was charged in the same county with malicious destruction of property. 

By 2014, he was charged with driving without a valid license and giving false information to a police officer.

He was also arrested in 2013 on a misdemeanor charge in Washington and pleaded guilty, though the details of the case – including the crime he was accused of, were not immediately available.

And Beals has been arrested twice on citations in Orange County and Los Angeles County, California, according to Heavy, although the details are again scarce.

Beals is an aspiring actor known by his stage name, Micah Femiah. A grab from his showreel is pictured

Beals is an aspiring actor known by his stage name, Micah Femiah. A grab from his showreel is pictured 

He appeared in an episode of Parks and Recreation as a club-goer, pictured

He appeared in an episode of Parks and Recreation as a club-goer, pictured 

But Beals has tried to make a name for himself in another way – as an actor.

According to his IMDB page, ‘Micah Femia was born as Micah Joel Beals. He is an actor and composer known for Pop Star (2013), Parks and Recreation (2009) and CSI: NY (2004).’

He has appeared as Len, a clubgoer, in an episode of the third season of Parks and Recreation, Abraham in Pop Star, and ‘Lead Teen Boy’ in CSI: NY.

Beals has also made appearances as an improv student in the Mike Bibiglia film Don’t Think Twice and was a swing drummer on That’s So Raven.

He has also acted in theater performances in New York City, where he currently lives, Chicago and Michigan, and has appeared in multiple television commercials – including some for Volkswagen, McDonalds, Walmart, Direct TV as well as public service announcements against smoking and drugs.

Following the vandalism of the George Floyd statue earlier this month, a group of volunteers went to a Blick art materials store to gather materials repair the statue.

One of the volunteers was a painter, the Washington Post reports, who knew which materials would work best to restore the statue.

‘They went to the hardware [store] and bought supplies out of their pockets,’ Confront Art co-founder Andrew Cohen, who helped design the bust, told CNN.

‘This is inspiring teamwork and support from the community.’ 

The memorial in honor of the late George Floyd was vandalized by a skateboarder in Manhattan, who authorities said doused the statue in silver paint over the weekend

The George Floyd bust opened to the public on just two days before the incident, after first being unveiled on Juneteenth in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. Less than a week later, it was defaced with black paint and the message ‘Patriot Front’ – a white nationalist hate group.

‘It’s incredibly disappointing how the statues were defaced in such a short amount of time,’ Floyd’s brother, Terrence, said in a joint statement with the nonprofit We are Floyd Foundation on Sunday, ‘and it just goes to show you how far we still have to go to reach our goal of unity.’ 

Chris Carnabuci, the artist who made the sculpture, along with ones of the late Rep. John Lewis and Breonna Taylor, said in a statement on Sunday that while the vandalism was not a complete surprise ‘It is upsetting to us all.’

He said he created the #SeeInjustice exhibit at Union Square Park to inspire civil discourse and provide a space where different opinions could be heard. It will be on display until October 30.

‘Vandalism of any sort is not an action that is productive or meaningful,’ Carnabuci, 57, said. ‘Actions like this remind us that we have a long way to go, and we will never stop fighting.’

Carnabuci previously told the New York Times he decided to create the statues because he felt ‘hopeless’ while watching the protests against police brutality unfold in the wake of George Floyd’s murder at the hands of Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis in May 2020, and his wife encouraged him to express his sorrow with art.

‘We actually started thinking about making an exhibition and bringing the pieces around to sort of keep the awareness up,’ he said, ‘and even raise some money for foundations that are geared toward those in need.’

He worked with Andrew Cohen and Lindsay Eshelman, founders of Confront Art, an organization that aims to connect artists with social justice causes to create public art. They designed the statues so that if someone tried to deface them, they would be easy to restore. 

Police said Lewis’ and Breonna Taylor’s statues were left unharmed in the vandalism. 

Floyd died on May 25, 2020, after Minneapolis Police officer, Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes as Floyd, 46, lay face-down crying: 'I can't breathe'

Floyd died on May 25, 2020, after Minneapolis Police officer, Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes as Floyd, 46, lay face-down crying: ‘I can’t breathe’

Floyd died on May 25, 2020, after Minneapolis Police officer, Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes as Floyd, 46, lay face-down crying: ‘I can’t breathe.’

Video of the incident went viral, and soon protests against police brutality spread throughout the United States, lasting for months, turning violent at times.

Chauvin was fired by the Minneapolis Police Department in the aftermath and was soon arrested.

He was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.  

On June 25, 2021, Chauvin received a sentence of 22 and a half years in prison, with the possibility of supervised relief, contingent on good behavior after serving two-thirds of his sentence or 15 years for second-degree murder. 


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