By Eric Holder
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When a 19-year-old and a 20-year-old allegedly vandalized a "Black Lives Matter" street mural in Santa Cruz, they prompted a community outcry and may face hate crime charges — a development that prompted a separate outcry.The street mural, painted in front of City Hall in 2020 after the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others, was reportedly vandalized by the suspects on Friday. Police made the arrests Sunday and said the pair took turns driving a car over the mural and covering it with black tire marks.Police charged the suspects with felony vandalism, and a rare community briefing was held Sunday evening featuring remarks from city leaders in response to the incident. The event was held after an outcry from residents on social media who demanded that the vandalism be taken seriously and that hate crime charges be brought.“The mural is considered a public art installation, guided and funded by community members who desired a reminder of the struggle Black members of our community endure both locally and across the nation,” said Mayor Donna Meyers.
"Police charged the suspects with felony vandalism..."Apparently, that was a real thing on the books before this 'art' was ever laid down.
Santa Cruz County District Attorney's Office has promised to bring hate crime charges if there is sufficient evidence of animus.
PS. It's a fucking road. Leaving tire marks on the road is using it for its intended purpose. Making "murals" - is not.
CaliforniaCalifornia is straightforward when it comes to vandalism. In most cases, vandalism is considered a misdemeanor, with fines ranging for the amount of damage, but penalties not exceeding one year in jail. Vandalism in California becomes a felony when the crime was arson, or when the vandalism is considered a hate crime.
When they painted that shit on the street was when I decided I was going to depart Santa Cruz.I will visit from time to time.