California officers sue city over Black Lives Matter mural that depicts man who killed a cop as a ‘hero’

Police officers in California recently sued their city over a Black Lives Matter mural that depicted a cop killer as a hero.

Five police officers in the Bay Area city of Palo Alto recently sued the city for their permitting of a Black Lives Matter mural which depicted anti-police images and slogans, which represented harassment and discrimination against law enforcement. The mural was first painted over a year ago in June of 2020, just after the death of George Floyd.

Painted outside of city hall, the mural was supposedly supposed to remain up for a year. However, the Associated Press reported that it was removed in November. One of the images depicted on the mural was Joanne Chesimard, also known as Assata Shakur, who was convicted in the 1973 killing of a New Jersey state trooper. This was outlined in the California lawsuit.

It continued, adding, “In 1979, While serving a life sentence for the murder, Shakur escaped from prison and ended up in Cuba where she now has refuge and where the Cuban government refuses to extradite her to the United States. As a result of her conviction and subsequent prison escape, Shakur was placed on the FBI’s Top Ten List of Most Wanted Domestic Terrorists.”

The police officers supposedly told officials the mural violated the state Fair Employment and Housing Act, but the city “ratified the conduct and insisted that it remain and persist,” the lawsuit said.



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Ethan Finn lives just outside of Sacramento in California. He was involved in Boy Scouts for most of his life and earned the rank of Eagle Scout in January of 2019. A passion for politics prompted him and his friend to start an Instagram page all about politics during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic—@conservative.outlet. Ethan finds it fascinating to be a part of the journalistic side of news as opposed to always being just a reader.

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