posted on Jul, 25 2012 @ 09:58 PM
The NYPD sent two plainclothes officers with paint, brushes, and rollers to paint over this mural, painted on private property with the owner's
The mural, which included the word "murderers" painted above several tombstones and coffins with epitaph names that included the NYPD, the
Environmental Protection Agency and global corporations including Halliburton and Monsanto
The day before, the NYPD sent officers to the business telling the owner the mural was a "bad idea" and needed to come down. According to the
officers, neighbors were complaining because of the violent message. The business owner wasn't thrilled with the "threat", and didn't know what to
"I can't confront them, because I don't want problems," New Edition Cleaners owner Marina Curet, who has owned the business for five years
And, rather scarily, the officers said the mural was "anti-government" -
"They were accusing those kids of conspiring against the government and that it was bad for the neighborhood," said Curet's daughter Flora Curet,
30. "They're just expressing themselves."
The artist said he was inspired by the recent shooting of an unarmed man.
I'm conflicted on this. The tactics of the NYPD were extremely heavy handed and threatening to the business owner. And the anti-government comment
truly gave me the chills. The message is controversial no doubt - especially in light of the tension that already exists between the NYPD and many
New Yorkers. Although I'm sure most would have no problem with BP, Monsanto and Haliburton being included.
But, shouldn't this controversy have been handled by the city council or mediated through some other legal avenue? Sending the police in to just
paint it over? Is the mural freedom of expression or defamation? Is it disturbing to kids?
Just wondering what you all think.
edit on 25-7-2012 by Maluhia because: (no reason given)