The California couple who painted over Black Lives Matter graffiti in Martinez California have been charged with “three misdemeanor counts, including a hate crime, for their alleged actions on Saturday, July 4,” a press release from the Office of the District Attorney Contra Costa County states.
We originally covered the story of the couple painting over the graffiti this way:
The District Attorney’s Office headed by Diana Becton (pictured below) charged Nichole Anderson and David Nelson with:
Violation of Civil Rights
Vandalism Under $400
Possession of tools to commit vandalism or graffiti
In her grandstanding press release Becton is quoted as saying (emphasis mine), “We must address the root and byproduct of systematic racism in our country. The Black Lives Matter movement is an important civil rights cause that deserves our attention.”
Becton describes the couples “crimes” in her attention-seeking press release this way, one of the defendants, “started to paint over the yellow letters “B” and “L” in the word “Black”” She goes on to note the real reason for her aggressive prosecution of the couple, attention: “The video has been shared widely by. witnesses and shared on social media.”