Official NYC Black Lives Matter Mural Painted Outside Trump Tower

Cheryl Sanders
July 9, 2020

According to the DA, video taken over the weekend shows Anderson and Nelson using paint rollers to try and black out a large, yellow "Black Lives Matter" mural in downtown Martinez.

"We must address the root and byproduct of systemic racism in our country", Becton, the District Attorney, said in a statement.

Martinez, California, residents David Nelson, 53, and Nichole Anderson, 42, will face three misdemeanor counts each, including violation of civil rights, vandalism, and possession of tools to commit vandalism or graffiti, the district attorney's office said in a statement.

The mayor announced the plan to paint "Black Lives Matter" in front of Trump Tower last month after earlier saying the slogan would be painted on streets at several locations around the city.

"We're sick of this narrative".

"There is no oppression, there is no racism", says the man.

"Don't you have something better to do, Becky?" said an onlooker. She asked what was wrong with him before adding, "This is racist, what you're doing".

The East Bay pair that were videotaped Saturday painting over a Black Lives Matter street mural outside the county courthouse in Martinez have now been publicly identified, and the district attorney is charging them with a hate crime.

"It appeared that the couple came to the mural with cans of paint and a roller with the specific objective of vandalizing over the mural", Sappal said. "The community spent a considerable amount of time painting this mural only to have the suspects destroy it by dumping and rolling paint over part of the message". The number of shooting incidents in June rose by 130 percent over the same period in 2019, while gunshot injuries went up 238 percent, according to the NYPD.

"Maybe our GREAT Police, who have been neutralized and scorned by a mayor who hates and disrespects them, won't let this symbol of hate be affixed to New York's greatest street", he tweeted. Both will be sent notices to appear in Contra Costa County Superior Court on a date that should be set sometime Wednesday, he said.

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