Soros-Backed DA Charges Couple Who Painted Over 'Black Lives Matter' with Hate Crime
Couple faces up to a year in jail for painting over mural
Two Californians who painted over a Black Lives Matter mural have been charged with a 'hate crime,' according to reports.
Contra Costa County, California, District Attorney Diana Becton, who was backed by billionaire George Soros in 2018, charged Nichole Anderson, 42, and David Nelson, 53, with violation of civil rights and vandalism.
According to the press release:
On July 1, a local Martinez resident applied for a permit to paint a Black Lives Matter temporary mural in downtown Martinez in front of the Wakefield Taylor Courthouse. The permit was approved by the City of Martinez, and the painting was done on July 4.
Nelson and Anderson arrived at the scene of the mural after it was completed with paint supplies. Anderson started to paint over the yellow letters “B” and “L” in the word “Black.” She used black paint and a large paint roller to do so. The video has been shared widely by witnesses and shared on social media.
Anderson was caught on video using black paint to cover the BLM mural, which was permitted by the city and was painted the day of the vandalism.
A Martinez, California couple defaced a Black Lives Matter street mural hours after it was complete, using black paint 😡 pic.twitter.com/RBJyMel4EV— HOT 97 (@HOT97) July 6, 2020
The mural was restored after being vandalized.
Anderson and Nelson, if convicted, face up to a year in county jail.
According to KRON 4, the alleged offenses are exempt from a specific bail amount because of the current bail schedule.
Police are looking to identify a white man and white woman who vandalized a city-approved Black Lives Matter mural in Martinez, California, on the Fourth of July. https://t.co/0ZGUtQo5dA— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 5, 2020
“We must address the root and byproduct of systemic racism in our country," Becton stated.
"The Black Lives Matter movement is an important civil rights cause that deserves all of our attention," she added.
“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.”
Soros spent around $50,000 in support of Becton in 2018 through the California Justice & Public Safety Political Action Committee.
She narrowly won, which was one of the only successes Soros enjoyed in DA races in California that year when he backed “progressive” prosecutors against establishment candidates.
In a similar incident, 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.