Authorities in California are looking for a couple who defaced a Black Lives Matter street mural on Sunday just hours after community members finished painting it.
The Martinez Police Department announced they were looking for an unidentified white male and female after they ruined a city-sanctioned Black Lives Matter mural with black paint.
The incident began when the couple, appearing to wear Make American Great Again apparel, arrived to the mural in front of the city courthouse in downtown Martinez on July 4.
Footage shows the woman pouring a can of black paint over part of the mural and using a paint roller to cover the bright yellow letters.
When one witness asks the woman ‘what’s wrong with you,’ her male companion replies ‘we’re sick of the narrative, that’s what is wrong.’
‘The narrative of police brutality, the narrative of oppression, the narrative of racism, it’s a lie,’ the man adds.
The man, who was recording the incident, then points to the Black Lives Matter sign and calls it ‘racism.’
An argument is sparked between the man and onlookers while the woman continues to damage the mural.
‘There is no oppression. There is no racism,’ the man says. ‘It’s a leftist lie…from the media.’
The woman then becomes enraged at the witnesses and exclaims ‘keep that s****’ in f****** New York! It’s not happening in my town!’
The woman appeared to referencing to a number of Black Lives Matter murals approved across all five boroughs of New York City.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that one would be painted directly in front of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue – a move that angered the president – but it was delayed last week for unspecified reasons.
Several such murals have painted on roadways across the country to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement after the killing of George Floyd and other black Americans at the hands of law enforcement.
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Source: Daily Mail