District Attorney Won’t Charge Rioters Who Vandalized St. Patrick’s Cathedral

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jun 10, 2020   |   12:41PM   |   New York, NY

A protester accused of vandalizing one of the nation’s most historic churches, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, will not be prosecuted.

The New York City church was vandalized on May 30 with spray-paint and slogans connected to the Black Lives Matter protests, according to Fox News commentator Gregg Jarrett’s website.

With red and black spray-paint, vandals covered the walls of the church with expletives and phrases including “No Justice No Peace” and “BLM,” the report states.

The New York Police Department recently reported arresting one of the people allegedly involved in the vandalism, Yadir Avila Rosas, 26, of Queens.

Police charged him “with criminal mischief in the third degree and making graffiti, alleging that he was the ‘getaway driver’ for two women who tagged the famous house of worship with spray-painted slogans on May 30,” according to the New York Post.

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On Saturday, however, the New York District Attorney’s Office decided not to prosecute Rosas, the report states.

Police said they are still looking for the two female suspects, but some are questioning if there will be any justice in the matter.

The protests began after a black man named George Floyd was killed when police kneeled on his neck while he pleaded that he could not breathe. Floyd’s family has condemned the violence and urged people to engage in peaceful protests.

On the same day as the vandalism, in the midst of violent riots and looting in New York City, police arrested two black women who were peacefully counseling women outside a Planned Parenthood abortion facility. They allegedly were violating city social distancing guidelines because of the coronavirus.