BLM Threatens Lawsuit for City’s Rejection of BLM Mural – David Harris Jr.

The Phoenix City Council denied a request for a “Black Lives Matter” mural to be painted on downtown streets.The proposed mural would have included the “Black Lives Matter” statement, with images of Martin Luther King, Jr., Cesar Chavez, and John Lewis.

The aim was to paint it near the Talking Sticks Resort Area, the Phoenix City Hall, or the Arizona State Capitol.The rejection letter, signed by city manager Ed Zuercher, cited current city law that bans any “non-standard markings” on streets.“

Based on existing regulations governing allowable markings in the street,” the letter read, “as well as overriding concerns with safety, risks and federal guidelines for markings on streets, the City of Phoenix cannot accommodate your request.”

The city also denied a request for a law enforcement mural, made by former Phoenix Law Enforcement Association President Mark Spencer. His plan, in partnership with Judicial Watch, would have been to paint, “No one is above the law,” in capital letters in front of the downtown police headquarters.

Rejection letters were sent to both groups requesting the opposing murals, stating that safety concerns and current rules prevent the city from moving forward with the requests.While Spencer has called the city’s response “reasonable”, Black Lives Matter organizer Gizette Knight has announced a lawsuit is in the works for the city’s denial of the mural request, according to Fox 10 Phoenix.

Racial justice groups local to Phoenix were not in favor of the Black Lives Matter mural, however.In a press release posted for the September 2nd meeting of the Transportation, Infrastructure and Innovation Subcommittee, the Phoenix chapter of Black Lives Matter wrote,

“Unfortunately for the City of Phoenix a mural is an empty gesture. It will only serve as a scarlet letter of hypocrisy for a city who just gave the most violent police force in the nation a raise of over 20 million dollars. We want our money back, not a mural.”

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