Five officers recently sued the city of Palo Alto, claiming that it allowed a Black Wall of Matter life depicting anti-police officers representing harassment and discrimination against law enforcement officers.
The mural was painted in the opposite street to City Hall in June 2020 after George Floyd’s death and would remain for up to a year. However, it went by November, the Associated Press (AP) reported Thursday.
One of the statues was Joanne Chesimard, aka Assata Shakur, who was convicted of the 1973 murder of a New Jersey state agent, according to the lawsuit filed in the Santa Clara County Superior Court.
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In 1979, while serving a life sentence for the murder, Shakur escaped from prison and ended up in Cuba where he now has refuge and where the Cuban government refused to extradite him to the United States. As a result of his conviction and subsequent jailbreak, Shakur was placed on the FBI’s top ten most wanted list of domestic terrorists.
In addition, the mural featured part of the logo attributed to the new Black Panthers, which are identified as a group hated by the Southern Poverty Law Center (“SPLC”).
“Law enforcement officers, including plaintiffs, were forced to physically move past the Mural with its offensive, discriminatory and intimidating iconography every time they entered the Palo Alto Police Department,” the lawsuit said.
Officials said the mural officials violated the state’s Employment and Housing Fair Act, but the city “reinforced the behavior and insisted that it persist and persist,” the lawsuit reads.
In July last year, the National Police Association called for the removal of the mural, calling it an “atrocity” to celebrate a convicted police killer outside City Hall.
KPIX reported on the mural after the 2020 episode:
Meanwhile, a branch of Indiana University referred to Shakur as a “social activist” on social media and encouraged students to read his book Breitbart News. reported in January.
“This book is an autobiography of Assata Shakur, social activist and former member of the Black Liberation Army, as well as the godmother of Tupac Shakur,” the post reads.
The case is Figueroa vs Palo Alto No. 21-CV-383740 in the Santa Clara County Superior Court, California.