5 officers have sued the Silicon Valley metropolis of Palo Alto, saying it allowed the creation of a Black Lives Matter mural with anti-police pictures that constituted harassment and discrimination towards regulation enforcement.
The mural was painted final June on the street throughout from Metropolis Corridor following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin. It was to stay on the road for as much as a yr however it was passed by November, in accordance with The Day by day Publish in Palo Alto, which first reported the lawsuit Wednesday.
One of many pictures was of Joanne Chesimard, who goes by the title Assata Shakur and was convicted within the 1973 killing of a New Jersey state trooper, in accordance with the lawsuit filed final month in Santa Clara County Superior Courtroom. She later escaped from jail and fled to Cuba. Shakur has but to be discovered.
The lawsuit additionally says the mural included the emblem of the New Black Panthers, which is recognized by the Southern Poverty Legislation Middle as a hate group that has inspired violence towards white and Jewish individuals and regulation enforcement.
“Legislation enforcement officers, together with Plaintiffs, have been pressured to bodily cross and confront the Mural and its offensive, discriminatory, and harassing iconography each time they entered the Palo Alto Police Division,” the lawsuit mentioned.
The officers complained to officers that the mural violated the state Honest Employment and Housing Act. However the metropolis “ratified the conduct and insisted that it stay and persist,” in accordance with the lawsuit.
In July 2020, the Nationwide Police Affiliation demanded the mural’s removing, saying it was an “atrocity” to have a good time a fugitive convicted cop killer in entrance of Metropolis Corridor.
Metropolis Lawyer Molly Stump instructed the newspaper that town has not been served with the lawsuit. She didn’t instantly return a cellphone message Thursday from The Related Press in search of remark.