'Defund the Police' Mural Altered to 'Defend the Police' Supporting Law Enforcement
Slogan altered by an anonymous group of protesters
An anonymous group of protesters altered the 'Defund the Police' mural outside Milwaukee's City Hall to 'Defend The Police' in support of law enforcement.
The mural was painted last week in support of the nationwide Black Lives Matter movement who fuelled the push to divert funds from police departments to youth programs.
The slogan was later changed to spell out "Defend the Police," with the "D" painted blue, the first "E" covered, and the "U" changed to an "E," according to Urban Milwaukee.
The original mural was painted by activists who did not seek permission or permits from the city.
Fox News affiliate WITI-TV spotted a paint job to fix the mural already underway.
Former Alderman Robert Donovan criticized the mural via social media on Friday.
"Fixed it for you, folks!" he wrote, accompanied by a photo showing the original phrase crossed out with a blue line.
Unknown group paints over part of "Defund the Police" muralhttps://t.co/Sq2woQOvFW— Urban Milwaukee (@UrbanMilwaukee) July 3, 2020
Donovan supported increased funding for the city's police department and protecting officers during his 20 years on Milwaukee's Common Council.
“People keep asking us, what does defund mean? It doesn’t mean abolish,” said Jeremy Wilbur, leader of the group that painted the "Defund the Police" mural.
The "Defund the Police" nationwide protest came following the death of George Floyd.
Last month, a viral video of a police officer revaled the hypocrisy of the "defund the police" movement.
The unidentified police officer said he was called to provide security for protesters.
The officer highlighted the irony of protesters calling for protection from cops while demanding that police forces are abolished.
"So I come in this morning, and we're informed there's gonna be a protest to 'defund the police,'" the cop recalls.
Another example of irony came from Minneapolis City Council members who called to 'defund the police' then spent $63,000 on private security detail following death threats.
The private security detail is reportedly costing $4,500 a day in taxpayer's money.
The total spent over the last three weeks now stands at $63,000.