Hate crime? Pair who painted over Black Lives Matter mural charged by police
Martinez, California: A couple has been charged with a hate crime after viral footage reportedly showed them painting over a BLM mural while saying “We’re sick of this narrative. It’s a lie”
David and Nicole Anderson were charged with three misdemeanor counts, which include a hate crime charge, according to the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office.
Both of them reportedly are the people seen in a viral clip in which a woman attempts to paint over a large street mural reading Black Lives Matter.
“We’re sick of this narrative, that’s what’s wrong,” the man said in the video while the woman painted over part of the mural. “The narrative of police brutality, the narrative of oppression, the narrative of racism, it’s a lie.”
Two white California residents were charged with a hate crime after they were filmed painting over a Black Lives Matter sign on the Fourth of July.
Nicole Anderson and David Nelson were each charged with three misdemeanor counts, including a hate crime.https://t.co/wbsp4vfbu8
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) July 8, 2020
Locals from the area received permission from the city to paint the temporary BLM mural on July 4 after a resident asked for it on July 1, as per KGO.
“The mural completed last weekend was a peaceful and powerful way to communicate the importance of Black lives in Contra Costa County and the country. We must continue to elevate discussions and actually listen to one another in an effort to heal our community and country,” Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton said in a statement.
See the full video below.
The mural has since been repainted and locals are currently on the lookout for others who share the couple’s views, The New York Times reported.
The two ‘vandals’ will be sent notices for court appearances but the dates are not yet known, as per CNN.
If they are convicted, Nicole and David would face up to 1 year in prison. It is unclear whether they have a lawyer available for comment.
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