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The 50 Biggest Street Art Arrests

MTA, Los Angeles

Date: 2009.

Punishment: Unknown.

In a series of early morning raids, Sheriff's officials arrested seven men they claimed to be MTA, the crew behind the half-mile-long MTA blockbuster in the LA River.

After the US Army was brought in to remove the piece, a civil suit brought by Carmen Trutanich's office sought $3.7 million in graffiti-related damages for 500 incidents of MTA vandalism. The suit also sought to place an injunction on the crew, with rules usually reserved for curbing gang activity like not being allowed to associate with each other, and having to observe a curfew. In this case it would even apply to the entire state of California, not just certain neighborhoods. The legal battle is ongoing.

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