AFP New York, NY, USA
Mar 20, 2019, 08.20 AM
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.
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.
Police officers put up a plywood wall with a door, and then hid behind it.