2 Accused of Vandalizing Black Lives Matter Mural Charged With Hate Crime in Calif. – NBC Los Angeles

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2 Accused of Vandalizing Black Lives Matter Mural Charged With Hate Crime in Calif. – NBC Los Angeles

Two residents of Martinez, California, seen on a weekend video that defaced a Black Lives Matter mural, were charged with hate crimes, the Contra Costa County authorities said.

Nichole Anderson, 42, and David Nelson, 53, are also facing vandalism and possession of vandalism tools, the Contra Costa district attorney said.

The Black Lives Matter sign outside Wakefield Taylor House in Martinez was painted on July 4 by a resident with the city's approval.

Later that day, Anderson was held on site with a large roller on a cell phone video to spread black paint on the mural with the yellow letters and to say, "It won't happen in my city."

In the video that was widely used on social media, Nelson can be heard saying, "The story of police brutality, the story of oppression, the story of racism, it's a lie."

"The mural, completed last weekend, was a peaceful and powerful way to communicate the meaning of black life in Contra Costa County and in the country," said Diana Becton, Contra Costa County District Attorney.

"We need to look at the root and by-product of systemic racism in our country."

If convicted, Nelson and Anderson can spend up to a year in the district prison.

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