(Daily Wire) A Black Lives Matter activist in Boise, Idaho, has been arrested in connection to a vandalized statue of former President Abraham Lincoln.
Terry Joe Wilson, 37, was arrested late Tuesday night after a warrant was issued for his arrest last week, The Idaho Statesman reported.
Wilson has identified himself online as an associate professor at Boise State University and has been described by the press as the Boise Black Lives Matter chapter spokesman.
Both physical and electronic evidence were reportedly used to identify suspects in the vandalism incident, which occurred in February.
“[T]he bronze statue of Lincoln in Julia Davis Park — known as ‘Seated Lincoln’ — vandalized with feces, paint and signs,” The Idaho Statesman reported. “Parks and recreation staff were able to clean the statue, which was not permanently damaged.”
The suspect fled from officers when he was first approached for his arrest, the Boise Police Department said. When he was tracked down, Wilson was found in possession of a firearm, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.
In an August 2020 report on a protest at the home of Council President Elaine Clegg, The Idaho Statesman described Wilson as the Boise Black Lives Matter chapter spokesperson…
The report added: “Terry Wilson II, the spokesperson for the Boise chapter, said in a phone call the demonstration at Clegg’s home was because she was one of the four council members who voted to approve Mayor Lauren McLean’s 2021 budget. The 2021 budget allocates more money for the Boise Police Department, even though the overall budget decreased from 2020…”
UPDATE: Boise State University told The Daily Wire Thursday that despite Wilson identifying himself as a student and an associate professor at the school, he is “not a current student nor employee of the university.”