Apparently the legal term “hate crime” has lost all meaning.
The two individuals accused of painting over the Black Lives Matter mural in the Bay area of California are facing hate crime charges.
For the last month, "peaceful protesters" have destroyed businesses and torn down statues with little resistance, but two people paint over a mural and it's time to charge them with a hate crime.
The Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office identified the pair as Nicole Anderson, 42, and David Richard Nelson, 53, both of Martinez, Calif.
“We must address the root and byproduct of systemic racism in our country. The Black Lives Matter movement is an important civil rights cause that deserves all of our attention,” District Attorney Diana Becton said.
Cellphone video recorded by a witness allegedly showed Anderson using black paint and a roller brush to cover over the mural, specifically the letters “B” and “L” in the word “Black" on the Fourth of July.
A heated confrontation ensued between supporters of the mural and Nelson, who was allegedly heard yelling "All lives matter!"
Activists with a local Black Lives Matter movement had painted the slogan outside a courthouse in Martinez earlier on July 4 in big yellow letters. The mural was painted over within an hour of it being completed, FOX 2 of the Bay Area reported.
The country doesn't seem to have its priorities stright when an incident like this is viewed as a hate crime while looting and destroying are ignored.
NBC has more:
The July 4 incident was captured on video that shows a woman splattering black paint on the yellow block letters on a downtown Martinez street and then using a roller to cover some of the letters in the mural, which was city approved.
In the video, which had previously been shared on social media and by the Martinez Police Department, a man can be heard saying, "the narrative of police brutality, the narrative of oppression, the narrative of racism, it's a lie."
The woman painting says "keep this [expletive] in New York. This is not happening in my town."
Both are white, and the man is wearing what appears to be a "Make America Great Again" hat and a shirt with the words Trump and "Four More Years."
Police confirmed that the two people seen in that video are Anderson and Nelson, a spokesman for the district attorney's office said. Anderson painted over part of the mural, and Nelson "directly aided in the alleged criminal conduct," the district attorney's office said.
Both are charged with violation of civil rights; vandalism under $400; and possession of tools to commit vandalism or graffiti; which are all misdemeanors, according to the district attorney's office.
Police have said that the mural was completed on July 4, and that both went to the mural with the purpose of painting over it.
If convicted, they face up to a year in county jail.
Lets put things into perspective.
The media thinks painting over a mural is a hate crime, and that same media said this wasn't a hate crime a few years ago...
Priorities... Everyone has them.