In a video that went viral on social media, Trump supporters painted over a Black Lives Matter mural at the Contra Costa County courthouse in Martinez, California.
“There is no racism,” says the man in the video “It’s a leftist lie. It’s a lie from the media, the liberal left.”
The woman then says ““Keep this sh*t in … New York. This is not happening in my town.”
According to Anser Hassan, Police are investigating and have released the license plate number of the alleged couple who attempted to paint over the #mural.
2- Police are investigating and have released the license plate number of the alleged couple who attempted to paint over the #mural.https://t.co/RF0VmwBayg#BlackLivesMatter #BLM #RacialInjustice #AllLivesMatter #Martinez #BayArea pic.twitter.com/OCfOR8Z5Xc
— Anser Hassan (@AnserHassan) July 6, 2020
ABC7 reports Community organizer Justin Gomez, got the permit to create the mural. He says the mural was in response to anti-BLM and white supremacist recruitment fliers found circulating in Martinez last week.
“I think a statement like ‘All Lives Matter’ or ‘racism is a leftist lie,’ those statements are woefully misinformed,” says Gomez, in response to the video of the couple painting over the mural.
He says he would be open to a dialogue with the couple, who have yet to be identified by police.
“This is just one part of the entire conversation. This is words on pavement. And we know it was validating to our community members of color, but ultimately what we are striving for is anti-racist policies on the books. And really, towards a community that feels safe for all of our neighbors of color in Martinez,” says Gomez.
Police said in a statement Sunday that a white female painted over the mural as a white man made comments to onlookers.
“It appeared that the couple came to the mural with cans of paint and a roller with the specific purpose of vandalizing over the mural,” the Martinez Police Department said in a statement.
“The community spent a considerable amount of time painting this mural only to have the suspects destroy it by dumping and rolling paint over part of the message.”
Once police were notified of what happened, the suspects were gone, the department said.