Five officers person sued the metropolis of Palo Alto, saying it allowed the instauration of a Black Lives Matter mural with anti-police images that constituted harassment and favoritism against instrumentality enforcement.
The mural was painted past June successful the thoroughfare crossed from City Hall pursuing the sidesplitting of George Floyd by Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin. It was to stay connected the thoroughfare for up to a twelvemonth but it was gone by November, according to The Daily Post successful Palo Alto, which archetypal reported the suit Wednesday.
One of the images was of Joanne Chesimard, who goes by the sanction Assata Shakur and was convicted successful the 1973 sidesplitting of a New Jersey authorities trooper, according to the suit filed past period successful Santa Clara County Superior Court. She aboriginal escaped from situation and fled to Cuba. Shakur has yet to beryllium found.
The suit besides says the mural included the logo of the New Black Panthers, which is identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center arsenic a hatred radical that has encouraged unit against achromatic and Jewish radical and instrumentality enforcement.
"Law enforcement officers, including Plaintiffs, were forced to physically walk and face the Mural and its offensive, discriminatory, and harassing iconography each clip they entered the Palo Alto Police Department,” the suit said.
The officers complained to officials that the mural violated the authorities Fair Employment and Housing Act. But the metropolis “ratified the behaviour and insisted that it stay and persist,” according to the lawsuit.
In July 2020, the National Police Association demanded the mural’s removal, saying it was an “atrocity” to observe a fugitive convicted bull slayer successful beforehand of City Hall.
City Attorney Molly Stump told the paper that the metropolis has not been served with the lawsuit. She did not instantly instrumentality a telephone connection Thursday from The Associated Press seeking comment.