Frequent ‘All Lives Matter’ acronym spray-painted on NASCAR Hall of Fame ahead of RNC in Charlotte

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CHARLOTTE, N.C.(NewsNation) — On the eve of the Republican National Convention portion that is being held in Charlotte, the NASCAR Hall of Fame was vandalized amid protests.

Both the Hall of Fame and the Buffalo Wild Wings next door had ‘ALM’ spray-painted across its windows.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department says they arrested Demarkis Dunlap, 19, on the scene when an officer spotted him defacing the property around 7 a.m. Saturday morning.

Demarkis Dunlap, 19 (Photo courtesy Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office)

Police say Dunlap acted alone and that his actions were not directly related to the RNC.

The incident occurred a day after people gathered in the area to protest against this week’s Republican National Convention.

The ‘All Lives Matter’ acronym has been used in opposition to ‘Black Lives Matter.’

NASCAR strongly supported driver Bubba Wallace, who became the center of attention when a noose was found inside his garage stall at a June race in Talladega. Wallace called on NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag at races and NASCAR did just that.

More than 300 delegates for the Republican party are expected to attend the portion of the Republican National Convention that will be held in Charlotte. Road closures and tight security measures is expected.

NewsNation affiliate WJZY contributed to this report.

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