(TargetLiberty.org) – Hate crimes are a terrible thing — when they are actually real. Two people in California have been arrested and charged with a “hate crime” for painting over Black Lives Matter graffiti in the street. A 42-year-old woman and a 53-year-old man were captured on social media using black paint to cover up the slogan, which had been painted on the street outside the courthouse in Martinez, Contra Costa County.
UPDATE: 2 Martinez residents charged with hate crime for defacing #BlackLivesMatter per Contra Costa County D.A.'s office
Both face up to a year in county jail if convicted. https://t.co/z9JYp5T4Ol
— KTVU (@KTVU) July 7, 2020
The graffiti, which the mainstream media are calling a “mural,” is just large yellow letters painted on the street (and covering up some road safety markings). It was painted on July 4 with the city council’s permission. The couple painted over it within an hour, but it has now been repainted.
Charges announced against the couple include vandalism, having and using tools to commit vandalism or graffiti, and “violation of civil rights.” If the crime sticks, they could face up to a year in county jail.
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