A couple of residents from Martinez, California, have been charged with a hate crime for painting over the words “Black Lives Matter,” a mural recently added in front of a courthouse.
The Daily Caller reports 42-year-old Nichole Anderson and 53-year-old David Nelson are facing up to a year in a county jail for “violation of civil rights, vandalism, and possession of tools to commit vandalism.”
The District Attorney officer in Contra Consta County announced that the duo were recorded by witnesses and the following video was used to determine the criminal charges.
Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton defended the Black Lives Matter movement in a statement, saying it was paramount to bringing change to “systemic racism” in America.
“The mural completed last weekend was a peaceful and powerful way to communicate the importance of Black lives in Contra Costa County and the country,” Becton added. “We must continue to elevate discussions and actually listen to one another in an effort to heal our community and country.”
Watch the incident below:
And, from local new station KCBS:
BREAKING: The #Martinez couple caught on video painting over the approved #BlackLivesMatter mural on #FourthofJuly are being charged with a hate crime, according to a release from the #ContraCostaCounty District Attorney's office. pic.twitter.com/9L21byNsE1
— KCBS 106.9 FM/740 AM (@KCBSRadio) July 7, 2020