California duo charged with hate crime for defacing BLM mural

A California duo was charged with a hate crime for defacing a freshly painted Black Lives Matter mural outside a courtroom, officials announced Tuesday.

Nichole Anderson, 42, was filmed with a roller to cover part of the yellow letters with black paint on Saturday while his cohort, David Nelson, 53, was on duty near the Wakefield Taylor Courthouse in Martinez, he said. the Contra Costa district attorney. .

As Anderson painted inside the lines, allowing the letters “B” and “L” to remain visible, Nelson told viewers, “We are fed up with this narrative.”

“The narrative of police brutality, the narrative of oppression, the narrative of racism,” said Nelson. “Is a lie.”

“I said no one wants Black Lives Matter here!” added. “That’s what I said. All lives matter, asshole.

The temporary mural, for which a Martinez resident received a permit, was completed the same day the alleged vandals attacked, authorities said.

“The mural completed last weekend was a peaceful and powerful way to communicate the importance of black life in Contra Costa County and the country,” said Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton, it’s a statement.

“We must continue to elevate the discussions and really listen to each other in an effort to heal our community and country.”

Anderson and Nelson were charged with vandalism, violation of civil rights, and possession of tools to commit graffiti vandalism.