Couple charged with hate crime for painting over BLM mural in California

by Jordyn Pair · Jul 8th, 2020 9:19 am
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Last Updated Jul 8th, 2020 at 2:18 pm

Two people in California were charged with a hate crime, among other charges, on Tuesday after they were caught vandalizing a Black Lives Matter mural on July 4.

The pair was identified as Nicole Claudia Anderson, 42, and David Richard Nelson, 53, by Contra Costa District Attorney's Office.

"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," said Diana Becton, the district attorney.

The mural — installed with city permission on July 4 in front of a Martinez court house — was vandalized within an hour of its completion. Video shows a couple using black paint to cover the letters of the mural, painted in yellow.

The two people each face a charge of vandalism under $400 and possession of tools to commit vandalism or graffiti. All of the charges are misdemeanors and the couple faces up to a year in jail if convicted.


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