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3 arrested for spray painting on ‘Back the Blue’ mural in Tampa, police say

TAMPA, Fla. — Three people were arrested late Tuesday night for spray painting on a “Back the Blue” mural that was painted outside of the Tampa Police Department headquarters earlier this month, according to authorities.

The controversial mural gained approval and criticism since it was painted by a group of about 40 people on August 1. City officials said the mural was never approved, while the group behind it said it got verbal approval from the mayor’s office.

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Police say three adults and one juvenile were detained around 11 p.m. on Tuesday after authorities received reports of vandalism.

According to police, the group used spray paint to write curse words, slurs and pictures over the mural. The juvenile was released and the three adults face vandalism charges.

The mural was previously vandalized on August 5. There have been no arrests related to that incident.

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No other information has been released at this time. ABC Action News reached out to the police department for more.

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