“We must address the root and byproduct of systemic racism in our country. The incident took place in Martinez in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area. There is no racism. If convicted, they face up to a year in county jail. Anderson and Nelson each face two vandalism charges and a charge of "violation of civil rights," according to the district attorney's office. “Why do you think you were charged with a hate crime?” Carlson asked. According to the district attorney's office, a Martinez resident applied for and received a city permit to paint the mural in front of a downtown courthouse. An aerial view of the BLM mural in Martinez, California. Nicole Anderson and David Nelson have been accused of vandalizing a Black Lives Matter mural. Nicole Anderson, 42, and David Nelson, 53, both of Martinez, were charged Tuesday with three misdemeanor counts, including a hate crime violation, the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS. “This was a brave thing to do.”, Anderson, who actually initiated the idea to paint over the BLM mural, didn’t have much to say during the interview, mainly insisting that “I just don’t want them to defund our police … Thank God we have them.”, Carlson concluded the interview by saying he hopes conservatives rally to their defense because their situation “is outrageous.”, Get Morning Report and other email newsletters, Chuck Barney is the TV critic and columnist for the Bay Area News Group. This is not happening in my town. The mural had been sanctioned by city officials. The Black Lives Matter movement is an important civil rights cause that deserves all of our attention,” County District Attorney Diana Becton said in Tuesday's statement. A white man and woman who were captured on video vandalizing a Black Lives Matter street mural in California face hate crime charges, officials announced Tuesday. Both will be sent a notice to appear before a superior court judge, a process that could take a few weeks due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, said Scott Alonso, spokesman for the district attorney's office. Police confirmed that the two people seen in that video are Anderson and Nelson, a spokesman for the district attorney's office said. That request was made after what the mayor described as "anti-black hateful flyers" that threatened harm against Black Lives Matter supporters were found downtown on June 27. After video of an angry Anderson painting over the mural went viral, the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office charged the pair with misdemeanor vandalism charges, including a hate crime. "Black Lives Matter" was painted on the street in bright yellow on July 4. City of Martinez Police via YouTube A white California couple has been charged with a hate crime after they were seen on video defacing a Black Lives Matter mural, according to a statement from the Contra Costa District Attorney's office. The Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office on Tuesday released a statement saying Nicole Anderson, 42, and David Nelson, 53, were charged with "three misdemeanor counts, including a hate crime." “… We’re being silenced. ", In video, Nelson can also be heard saying, "There is no oppression. Martinez Mayor Rob Schroder said in a statement Tuesday that permission was granted to the group Martizians for Black Lives to paint the mural on July 2. "Approval of the use of our streets sends a message to all that African-Americans and other people of color are equal members of our community and hateful rhetoric will be actively rejected by our City," the mayor said. The two face a year in county jail if convicted. He's still in mourning over the cancellation of "Freaks and Geeks.". Don’t expect movie theaters to open in Santa Clara County any time soon, Here’s a rundown of the biggest Santa Clara County races and measures on the November ballot, Cupertino community briefs for the week of Oct. 23, Senior Living: Pandemic erects barriers for prized bloc of voters in nursing homes, senior facilities. 'There are violent racists who are going to go after them':Black Americans report hate crimes, violence in wake of George Floyd protests and Black Lives Matter gains, After the painting was done, Anderson began painting over the mural in black paint while Nelson spoke with a crowd of onlookers, video of the incident shows. Two San Francisco-area residents accused of painting over a "Black Lives Matter" mural are facing hate crime charges. …”, “Man, you’ve got a lot of brass,” an impressed Carlson said. Places like New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C. have streets with "Black Lives Matter" painted on them. "We must continue to elevate discussions and actually listen to one another in an effort to heal our community and country.”. It’s a cancel culture that we’re living in.”, Nelson then called on more Americans to “band together and actually take to the streets.” He added that urgency is required “because we are starting to lose ground here.”, Nelson also claimed a “double standard” exists at the heart of the BLM debate, saying it’s OK for Black Lives Matter activists “to burn down the country, terrorize America, actually kill people.”, “They’ve done more harm than they’ve done good, Tucker,” Nelson added. "We must address the root and byproduct of systemic racism in our country. It was not immediately clear if either had an attorney. Nicole Anderson and her partner David Nelson were charged with a hate crime on Tuesday for painting over a Black Lives Matter mural on Saturday in Martinez, CA. The Black Lives Matter mural on a street in Martinez had been approved by the city, officials said. Fox News star anchor Tucker Carlson on Thursday night praised the couple who defaced a Black Lives Matter street mural in Martinez, commending them for their “bravery” and insisting that the authorities who charged them with a hate crime “should be impeached.”. Tucker Carlson praises Martinez couple for…, Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Three dead in separate shooting, stabbing overnight in San Jose, Tucker Carlson praises Martinez couple for defacing Black Lives Matter mural, East Bay pair charged with hate crime in BLM mural defacement. GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. Martinez is a city of around 38,000 in Contra Costa County, northeast of San Francisco. East Bay pair charged with hate crime in BLM mural defacement Some cities, including Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, have had the words of that movement painted on streets. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! ", 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.". Black Lives Matter murals have been painted nationwide during the weeks of protests against racial inequality and police brutality. Phone messages to numbers that appear linked to Anderson or Nelson in public records were not immediately returned Tuesday night. The two tried to paint over a downtown mural, which had been permitted by the city, and traded insults with onlookers. President Donald Trump last week called a proposed mural — to be painted in front of Trump Tower — a "symbol of hate.". Tucker Carlson praises Martinez couple for defacing Black Lives Matter mural Fox News host brings David Nelson and Nicole Anderson on his news show. Watch: 'Black Lives Matter' mural painted on D.C. streets leading to White House. “It’s because we decided to stand against an organization we don’t agree with,” Nelson replied.

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