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Cameras being installed in Greenwood to catch vandals

Posted at 5:02 PM, Aug 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-11 21:26:14-04

TULSA, Okla. — Someone spilled blue paint on the Black Lives Matter mural in Greenwood over the weekend.

It's not clear who did it or why.

READ MORE: Blue paint thrown on Black Lives Matter mural in Greenwood

As busy and thriving as businesses on Greenwood Avenue are, none of them have cameras facing the street which would have captured the vandalism.

One group called the Greenwood Arts and Cultural Society is looking to change that.

C. J. Neal, the president of the group, said he is installing high tech cameras on one of the buildings on Greenwood Avenue.

Neal said he has permission by the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce.

"If there's anyone that drives through, we'll be able to see who the person is and what kind of vehicle they're driving," Neal said. "And hopefully get a license plate."

Neal said, he has two cameras ready to install and he is ordering several more. He plans to have the first cameras installed Tuesday, which will be monitored throughout the night.

Neal said one of the individuals who will monitor the cameras is a former member of law enforcement with training in video surveillance.

Meanwhile, the Tulsa Police Department said there have been no reports of vandalism regarding the incident.

Tulsa police also said if the person or persons is found, they could face vandalism charges. However, so could those who painted the mural, since it was painted without a proper permit.

The city council reconvenes on Aug. 19 to determine the future of the mural.

READ MORE: Decision on hold about future of Black Lives Matter mural in Greenwood District

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