Man who defaced Miami campaign sign released

Kevin Kiernan Young defaced this campaign sign, changing Suarez’s name to read "fraudis" instead of "Francis" and adding "RIP Reffa."
Kevin Kiernan Young defaced this campaign sign, changing Suarez’s name to read "fraudis" instead of "Francis" and adding "RIP Reffa."
Courtesy of Miami Police

A man arrested for defacing a campaign poster of Miami mayoral candidate Francis Suarez said he did it because he disliked Suarez capitalizing on the death of a local graffiti artist.

Kevin Kiernan Young, 28, who bonded out of jail over the weekend, had drawn the letters “U” and “D” over Suarez’s first name to read "fraudis" instead of "Francis" and had added "RIP Reffa," a reference to street artist Israel Hernandez-Llach’s tag name, Reefa. Hernandez-Llach died at the hands of a Miami Beach police last week.

Last week, Suarez came under fire over a tweet where he used the death of Hernandez-Llach to attack Mayor Tomás Regalado. Suarez later apologized.

Young, charged with criminal mischief, was held over the weekend because there was a warrant for his arrest in Monroe County for violating a July court order.

Young, who is a registered independent voter, was arrested in 2012 for protesting outside a hotel holding a financial conference, as an action of the Occupy movement. Young says he plans to fight the sign-defacing charge because Suarez’s sign was illegally placed.

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