City of Martinez: Defines HATE CRIME as OPPOSING HATE

To the police and city council of Martinez, in Contra Costa County, to OPPOSE racism is a HATE CRIME.

“The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s office released a statement Tuesday announcing the charges against Nichole Anderson, 42, and David Nelson, 53.

Anderson was caught on video Saturday painting over an approved Black Lives Matter street mural while Nelson argued with onlookers and brought her more paint. Nelson was wearing a Make America Great Again hat and said to bystanders, “No one wants Black Lives Matter here.”

“We’re sick of this narrative,” he added. “The narrative of police brutality, the narrative of oppression, the narrative of racism. It’s a lie. It’s a lie.”

Both Anderson and Nelson were hit with three separate charges, including violation of civil rights, vandalism under $400, and possession of tools to commit vandalism or graffiti. If convicted, they could face up to a year in prison.

The city is allowing public property to be used to promote an organization that wants racism and bigotry, hates all white people and believes there is no such thing as private property—if owned by white people.  So when citizens oppose racism they are charged with a crime—this is a national disgrace that government is being used as a vehicle of hate.

Two white people who painted over Black Lives Matter mural charged with hate crime

by Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner,  7/7/20 

Two white residents of Martinez, California, who painted over a Black Lives Matter mural, have been charged with a hate crime.

The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s office released a statement Tuesday announcing the charges against Nichole Anderson, 42, and David Nelson, 53.

Anderson was caught on video Saturday painting over an approved Black Lives Matter street mural while Nelson argued with onlookers and brought her more paint. Nelson was wearing a Make America Great Again hat and said to bystanders, “No one wants Black Lives Matter here.”

“We’re sick of this narrative,” he added. “The narrative of police brutality, the narrative of oppression, the narrative of racism. It’s a lie. It’s a lie.”

Both Anderson and Nelson were hit with three separate charges, including violation of civil rights, vandalism under $400, and possession of tools to commit vandalism or graffiti. If convicted, they could face up to a year in prison.

“The community spent a considerable amount of time putting the mural together only to have it painted over in a hateful and senseless manner,” Martinez Police Chief Manjit Sappal said in a statement. “The city of Martinez values tolerance, and the damage to the mural was divisive and hurtful.”

The mural is similar to the one displayed in Washington, D.C., on a street leading to the White House.

Race has been at the center of the national conversation for the past several weeks after the death of George Floyd set off a series of protests. Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died in Minneapolis police custody in May after a white officer knelt on his neck for several minutes. Activists and others have pointed to the incident as an example of police brutality and systemic racism.

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Comments

  1. Really??? says

    Instead of making it an issue of race the “….damage to the mural was divisive and hurtful.” they should have promoted calm.

    The City used tax money to allow this to happen, and offended anyone who pays taxes and wanted an end to such signs.

    More excess is not better.

  2. Gregory Brittain says

    How many rioters and looters has the Contra Costa County Soros DA prosecuted?

    Probably somewhere between zero and zero.

  3. Richard Wahl says

    There is an old saying which might fit: “You cannot fix stupid”.

  4. Diana Becton is a racist. She hates white people. She will allow defense attorneys to appeal their cases to either her, or her second in command in order to avoid a harsher sentence and/or deal with the DA handling the case. Of course, this only applies to blacks and
    Latinos.

    And the Martinez police chief Manjit ” Manny” Sappal,
    He got to where he was by stabbing people, to include his friends, in the back. He cowtows to whatever way the wind is blowing and has no intestinal fortitude to stand on his own convictions.

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