Bevelyn Beatty was arrested on July 18 after throwing paint on a Black Lives Matter mural in protest and yelling, “Refund the Police!” She painted over two more murals later on Saturday night and said the police treated her well when she was arrested. The “Jesus Matters” protester has said that GoFundMe took down her fundraiser, and now others that showed up on the site under her name are not associated with her.
Here’s what you need to know about Beatty:
1. Beatty Was Arrested After Throwing Paint on a Black Lives Matter Mural
Beatty, 29, was arrested after throwing paint on a Black Lives Matter mural in New York, the New York Post reported. She first dumped paint on a mural outside in front of Trump Tower on Saturday afternoon, July 18, while livestreaming on Facebook. Then a short time later, she did the same thing in Harlem and Brooklyn.
Edmee Chavannes, 39, who was with Beatty and helped paint over the murals, was also arrested, CBS New York reported. Both were charged with criminal mischief and released, according to the news station.
The New York Post reported that “Beatty is first seen on video in Manhattan around 3 p.m. Saturday going through more than a dozen cans of paint in the back of a van” while police watched. She told them that she was decorating. She then carried the cans to Fifth Avenue, saying, among other things, “We’re not standing with Black Lives Matter. We want our police. Refund our police,” the Post reported.
According to CBS New York, after throwing the paint Beatty resisted arrest and one arresting officer was injured when, according to a witness, he slipped on the wet paint and fell on his shoulder.
After her arrest and subsequent release, Beatty painted over a mural at 7th Avenue and West 125th Street, then over a mural at Fulton Street in Brooklyn. Here are two videos showing those incidents.
Manhattan resident Luke Dohner told CBS New York that he wasn’t sure why the murals weren’t being guarded. “I’m surprised they weren’t guarding it. How come the cops weren’t guarding it?” he said.
2. Beatty Said the Police Treated Her & Chavannes ‘Like Princesses’ After They Were Arrested
After the protests, Beatty shared on Facebook on Sunday that she was home and safe and that the police had treated her and Chavannes with love.
“Look at my legs, I still have black paint on my legs because I couldn’t get it off last night,” she shared on Facebook. “…Y’all, we did an all-nighter… Yesterday was epic… Prior to us doing what we did, we paid respects to the police…and we let them know what was up. You’ve got to read between the lines and use your noodle. … The police were in 100% agreement with us. … We were the voice that they couldn’t have… We were the stand that they couldn’t take at that moment… The Lord just blessed what happened yesterday… The police treated us like princesses…with love and kindness… They treated us so good.”
She said that two people who came in later for throwing paint on the mural were also treated well.
“I say the police officers are loving and kind and everything they say police officers are, they are,” she said. “…If ever there was a time to rise up…it’s now. A lot of people thought I was being the hero…I was being an American.”
She said that in New York, the police are afraid to arrest people because they’re afraid of being investigated.
3. She Uses the Hashtag #JesusMatters & Is a Co-Founder & Evangelist for At The Well Ministries
Beatty commonly uses the hashtag #JesusMatters to accompany her social media posts.
The New York Post reported that in one video, Beatty said: “Ladies and gentlemen, we’re in Brooklyn and it ain’t over. Jesus matters. We’re taking our country back. We’re taking it back. And let me tell you something, the police need our help. They can’t stand alone. Don’t just sit by idly and watch your country go to the ground.”
She also helps host Jesus Matters events. One invitation online for a past event reads: “Bevelyn & Edmee from At Well Ministries will be joining along with Jo Scott from Operation Save America to discuss engaging the culture and taking back the nations for Christ. From the perversion of our children in public schools to standing in the gap at the gates of hell at abortion mills, city council meetings, gay pride parades, we are called to stand for CHRIST wherever the devil reigns. Until #Jesusmatters NOTHING matters!!!”
She has an upcoming Jesus Matters event scheduled for August 21-23 in Chicago. This will be in partnership with Metro Praise International.
She has another Jesus Matters event scheduled in New York for October 9-11. For this event, she will be joining the Fordham Manor Church for a weekend-long event.
Beatty, who lives in Monmouth Junction, New Jersey, according to her Facebook bio, is a co-founder and evangelist for At The Well Ministries. She’s followed on Facebook by more than 140,000 people.
According to the ministry’s Facebook page, At the Well Ministries is a nonprofit dedicated to sharing Jesus in one city at a time. The page notes: “We endeavor to empower people, make disciples, and bring the reality of who Jesus is in the darkest places.”
The team visits cities throughout the country.
4. She Called Black Lives Matter a ‘Terrorist Group’ & Was in a Clip for an Upcoming Movie Called ‘Trump Card’
The New York Post reported that at one event, Beatty said: “Stand with your police force, vote for Trump, vote Republican, vote for Christians, and stand up, Christians… Vote the ungodly, demonic, anti-Christ people out of this nation.”
A clip of her appeared in a trailer for an upcoming movie called Trump Card.
She wrote: “I cannot even believe a clip of me was played in this movie! I am a huge fan of Dinesh D’Souza!! August 7th you guys we have to go to theaters and support this movie! I don’t know how the ‘plandemic’ will affect us going to watch this movie, but if anyone gets a link to purchase it on demand please send my way!”
On her Facebook page on July 16, she said she’d had enough with what was going on with Black Lives Matter. “I’m at a point honestly, spiritually, where I have had absolutely enough…”
She went on to say that Black Lives Matter is “a terrorist group.”
“It hit home today. It’s the mindset because Black Lives Matter is a green light to the Black community to not do better,” she said in her post.
On Facebook, she also wrote that COVID-19 came back into the spotlight to distract from Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.
She wrote: “It is no coincidence that they are driving this Covid 19 issue back up out of nowhere, right after that Epstein girl Maxwell got arrested. I guarantee you they are using this to distract us from what’s really going on. A lot of pedophiles are going down! There’s a pedophile ring that has been going on for years right under our nose and it’s about to be exposed. You are going to be surprised when you find out just who was a part of it.￼”
She’s also anti-abortion and has posted about her beliefs on Facebook, writing:
Don’t be hard hearted. When you see people outside of an abortion clinic pleading with you to you to not kill your baby, do not be hard hearted. We are not just crazy Christians who want to yell at people. We are not just crazy Pro Lifers trying to save a baby and don’t care about the mother￼. ￼We are Christians! We are called to fight for innocent children￼.”
5. Her Official GoFundMe Account Was Removed
Beatty shared on Facebook that her official GoFundMe account was removed. She said it was removed because of a “violation of our Terms & Conditions.” Any donations not already withdrawn were refunded to her donors. She wasn’t told exactly what policy she had violated.
Now she’s accepting donations at PayPal, according to her Facebook post. Only this link is her official one, according to her posts.
She wrote earlier on Facebook that many other GoFundMe pages were masquerading as being endorsed by her, but the money might not go to her at all. The only official page was taken down by GoFundMe.
Others noted that there were fake PayPal links pretending to be for her too.
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