Micah Beals has been arrested for defacing a George Floyd statue in New York City’s Union Square Park, the New York Police Department’s Hate Crime Task Force announced Monday. 

Beals, 37, was taken into custody and charged with second degree criminal mischief for the Oct. 3 incident, according to police. 

Police announced earlier this month that the George Floyd statue — which was unveiled in Brooklyn’s Flatbush neighborhood on Juneteenth and was moved to Union Square Park in July — had been defaced by a man on a skateboard who threw grey paint on the 6-foot bust before fleeing the scene. 

New York police circulated a video of the incident on social media and requested the public’s assistance in identifying and locating the vandal. 

“It takes a lot of courage to display the 3 statues we are exhibiting in Union Square. It also takes a good deal of courage to vandalize a statue on a global stage in broad daylight,” said Confront Art and We Are Floyd, two organizations involved with the statue’s creation, in a joint statement earlier this month. 

“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 public art to further this important mission,” the statement read. 

Police did not say what evidence or anonymous tip led them to Micah Beals on Monday. 

NYPD says these images show Micah Beals, AKA Micah Femia, preparing to vandalize a George Floyd statue in Union Square Park. Beals was arrested on Monday, and was previously arrested in Washington in January following the Capitol riots. Photo credit: NYPD
NYPD says these images show Micah Beals, AKA Micah Femia, preparing to vandalize a George Floyd statue in Union Square Park. Beals was arrested on Monday, and was previously arrested in Washington in January following the Capitol riots. Photo credit: NYPD

Who is Micah Beals? 

Micah Beals is a 37-year-old Michigan native and actor whose stage name is Micah Femia. 

Beals was arrested in Washington, D.C. on the night following the January 6 riots for a curfew violation, according to Metropolitan Police records. 

Heavy.com reported that Beals’ case is listed as “post and forfeit,” citing Washington court records. The D.C. courts website specifies that “post and forfeit” allows persons arrested on “lower level criminal offenses” to “post and forfeit the collateral” — e.g., bail money —  “rather than having to appear in court, thus waiving his or her right to a trial.” 

“To post and forfeit is not an admission or adjudication of guilt as far as the Court is concerned,” the website adds. 

The IMDb page for Micah Beals lists several TV credits, including a 2011 appearance on NBC’s Parks and Recreation and a 2005 role on CSI: NY. His most recent credit is from 2013, when he was credited for composing the soundtrack for an indie horror film titled Haunted Cabin: Die-Fi

Another resume shows that Micah Beals appeared as an “improv student” on the 2016 Mike Birbiglia film Don’t Think Twice, and on the Disney Channel sitcom That’s So Raven  as a “swing drummer.” 

According to Heavy.com, Micah Beals was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The outlet found what appears to be his inactive Twitter page, but noted that the account has been defunct since 2014 and features no expression of Beals’ political beliefs. 

Heavy.com also reported that Micah Beals had prior arrests in several states, including one in 2012 for destruction of property in Kent County, Michigan and another for driving without a valid license and giving false information to a police officer in the same. 

NYPD arrested Micah Beals after they said he threw paint on a George Floyd statue in Union Square on Oct. 3. Beals is an actor credited under the stage name Micah Femia.
NYPD arrested Micah Beals after they said he threw paint on a George Floyd statue in Union Square on Oct. 3. Beals is an actor credited under the stage name Micah Femia. Photo credit: Twitter

George Floyd Statue Was Vandalized Before

The Oct. 3 vandalism for which Micah Beals was arrested Monday was not the first time the George Floyd statue in New York was defaced. 

In June, when the bust was still on display in Brooklyn, the face of the statue was sprayed with black paint and the name of a white supremacist group was stenciled over top of the bust’s inscription. 

The NYPD Hate Group Task Force later released still images from surveillance footage showing four masked men believed to have been responsible. 

Micah Beals, AKA Micah Femia, was arrested Monday after NYPD said he vandalized a George Floyd statue. The statue was also vandalized by these unidentified men in June, but no arrests were made.
Micah Beals, AKA Micah Femia, was arrested Monday after NYPD said he vandalized a George Floyd statue. The statue was also vandalized by these unidentified men in June, but no arrests were made. Photo credit: NYPD

“It’s not okay. It’s not okay,” said Courtney Nelson, a publicist for George Floyd’s brother Terrence, at the time of the June incident. 

“It hurts more than anything else because we worked tediously with the council member, with Confront Art, with Papoose, and with Terrence Floyd for months on this,” she added. 

No arrests have been made in connection with the June incident.