Man shatters Black History Month mural in possible hate crime: cops


A man chucked a paving stone at a restaurant window in Manhattan, according to police Wednesday — who are now investigating the incident as a hate crime after learning that the glass was a mural in tribute to Black History Month.

The suspect took the stone slab and tossed it through the glass window of Sapoara restaurant at 2262 First Ave. in East Harlem around 1:40 a.m. Monday, police said.

Massiel Franco, 32, a bartender at the restaurant, was cleaning up when he heard a loud noise.

“I was closing up. Out of nowhere, I heard a boom,” she told the Post. “It was a loud noise. It startled me. I was baffled.”

“I saw a man run.”

The window was painted in tribute to Black History Month, according to police, who say the Hate Crimes Task Force is looking into the matter.

Giselle Malave, 31, opened the eclectic food spot –– which serves Latin-Ameican infused cuisine –– three years ago. She told the Post she has been putting up the mural to celebrate Black History Month for the last two years.

The windows, she says, are double-paned –– painted on the left-side was a portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. and on the right-side Malcolm X.

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