Police officers sue California city over mural depicting convicted law enforcement killer

  

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Via:  texan1211  •  3 weeks ago  •  7 comments

By:   Jake Dima (MSN)

Police officers sue California city over mural depicting convicted law enforcement killer
Five California police officers sued the city of Palo Alto after officials commissioned a mural featuring a convicted law enforcement killer.

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Five California police officers sued the city of Palo Alto after officials commissioned a mural featuring a convicted law enforcement killer.

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In June 2020, authorities approved 16 paintings that spelled out "Black Lives Matter" in a 245-foot-long display, according to a lawsuit filed in a superior court. The letter "E" portion of the mural featured Joanne Chesimard, better known as Assata Shakur, who was convicted in 1977 for the murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster before she escaped confinement and fled to Cuba for refuge.

The FBI classifies her as a most-wanted terrorist.

The mural included an inscription from the New Black Panther Party, which the Southern Poverty Law Center described as a "virulently racist and antisemitic organization whose leaders have encouraged violence against whites, Jews and law enforcement officers."

The five officers, all of whom serve in the Palo Alto area, "were forced to physically pass and confront the Mural and its offensive, discriminatory and harassing iconography every time they entered" their department headquarters, according to the suit.

Police complaints to city officials were not heeded, it alleged.

"Defendants created and allowed to exist the aforementioned discriminatory and harassing work environment," the lawsuit read. "Not only did the defendants allow the harassing and discriminatory iconography to exist in the workplace, but they also sanctioned, approved, encouraged, and paid for it."

The officers' pleas to higher-ups were met with "retaliation" of their careers, including "losses in earnings and other employment benefits," according to the suit.

"Plaintiff's careers have been materially and adversely affected, and irreparably harmed and damaged by the conduct of the defendants," it continued.

The officers are seeking monetary damages, although it's not known how much.

The National Police Association, a prominent coalition of police unions, commenced a petition in July to remove the mural due to its depiction of Shakur.

"If it is not possible to imagine putting a 17' tall mural of nurse killer Richard Speck in front of a hospital or putting a 17' tall mural of Dan White, who assassinated San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, in front of a mayor's house, the atrocity of the celebration of a fugitive convicted cop killer in front of Palo Alto's City Hall is equally reprehensible," the group wrote at the time. "For law enforcement required to enter the building is there any description other than a hostile work environment?"

The Palo Alto Police Department, the National Police Association, and the city of Palo Alto did not immediately respond to requests for comment from the Washington Examiner.

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Texan1211
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1  seeder  Texan1211    3 weeks ago

I hope that the lame-brained idiots who approved and paid for this atrocity are dealt with appropriately.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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1.1  Greg Jones  replied to  Texan1211 @1    3 weeks ago

Someone should tear it down

The lefties sure seem to condone criminal and terrorist behavior...

especially if the perps are people of color

 
 
 
Texan1211
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1.1.1  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  Greg Jones @1.1    3 weeks ago

Oh, God no, don't tear it down because the liberals would be all agog over the cost to the public to restore the trash!

We don't have to stoop to their level anyways.

I say vote those idiots out of office.

 
 
 
pat wilson
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2  pat wilson    3 weeks ago

It was removed last November.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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2.1  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  pat wilson @2    3 weeks ago

Should never have been put up on city property with taxpayer funds.

 
 
 
pat wilson
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2.1.1  pat wilson  replied to  Texan1211 @2.1    3 weeks ago

Worse than that the mural featured a convicted law enforcement killer.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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2.1.2  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  pat wilson @2.1.1    3 weeks ago

And that seems to be very important to Palo Alto's majority white citizenry.

 
 
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