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California Police Sue City over Anti-Cop Black Lives Matter Mural

Palo Alto allows mural that celebrates notorious cop-killer

 on 11th July 2021 @ 4.00pm
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Cops are suing over the city's support for anti-police sentiment

Five police officers are suing the city of Palo Alto, California, over a Black Lives Matter mural painted just two blocks away from the police department that is causing discrimination and harassment for cops, accoridng to reports.

The mural contains anti-police images and celebrates a notorious cop-killer.

The five police officers suing the city, alleging the mural is discriminatory and has brought harassment to law enforcement, The New York Post reported.

The Daily Post reported that the mural, which spells “Black Lives Matter,” has images painted inside each letter.

From the Daily Post:

The suit points out that in the letter “E” is an image of Joanne Chesimard, better known as Assata Shakur, who was convicted in 1977 for the murder of New Jersey State Trooper Wermer Foerster, a white police officer.

Shakur was arrested and convicted of Foerster’s murder.

She later escaped from prison and fled to Cuba, where she is believed to still be living.

The suit also points out that the mural included the logo of the New Black Panthers, which is identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group that has encouraged violence against whites, Jews and police officers.

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The Black Lives Matter mural contains anti-police imagery

“Law enforcement officers, including the plaintiffs, were forced to physically pass and confront the mural and its offensive, discriminatory and harassing iconography every time they entered the Palo Alto Police Department,” police wrote in the lawsuit.

The mural was painted in June 2020 in the road across from City Hall after George Floyd’s death and was to remain for up to a year.

However, it was gone by November, the Associated Press (AP) reported Thursday.

One of the images was Joanne Chesimard, also known as Assata Shakur, who was convicted in the 1973 killing of a New Jersey state trooper, the lawsuit filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court said.

The lawsuit continued:

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.

Further, the Mural included a portion of the logo attributed to the New Black Panthers, which is identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center (‘SPLC’) as a hate group.

The officers 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 read.

the blm mural celebrates a notorious cop killer © press
The BLM mural celebrates a notorious cop-killer

In July of last year, the National Police Association demanded the mural be removed, calling it an “atrocity” to celebrate a convicted cop killer outside City Hall, according to Breitbart.

KPIX reported on the mural following its installment in 2020:

Meanwhile, an Indiana University department referred to Shakur as a “social activist” on social media and encouraged students to read her book, Breitbart News reported in January.

“This book is an autobiography of Assata Shakur, social activist and former member of the Black Liberation Army, as well as the godmother of Tupac Shakur,” the post read.

The case is Figueroa vs. City of Palo Alto No. 21-cv-383740 in the Superior Court of Santa Clara County, California.

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