NSW Police tried to have BLM mural removed from private property

NSW Police demanded #BLM mural be removed by council

NSW Police made multiple calls to have the City of Sydney Council remove a Black Lives Matter mural that depicted a burning police car.

Recordings obtained by ABC News Breakfast have revealed that New South Wales police officers contacted the council at least four times in 24 hours, in the height of the #BLM movement.

Within a day of those calls, the mural was removed.

Censorship from NSW Police

In the audio recordings obtained by the ABC, NSW Police officers implied that they were under pressure from their bosses to get the mural removed.

A City of Sydney spokesperson said the calls obtained by the ABC were made to their public customer service line.

When asked whether the mural had “racist or foul language” by a council customer service representative, a NSW police officer responded: “It’s got ra… it’s a police car that’s on fire.”

“But it’s got, it’s got things about Aboriginals written on it. It’s got things about Black Lives Matter on it. And people are finding it incredibly offensive.”
“We’re worried it’s going to attract media attention very soon. That’s why we need it done ASAP.”
In another call, another officer stated they had police officers sitting at the site waiting for graffiti removers to come for hours.
“We’ve been trying all morning to get a mural painted over or removed. This is about my fourth phone call. And I’ve been told they’re going to get a car crew down there since 4:00am. And we still got no-one on-site,” an officer said in the recordings.
A day later, the City arranged to remove the mural.  With the artist videoing the removal and his displeasure.

The artist’s response

“It’s a confronting image, its is supposed to be,” artist Scottie Marsh stated. “It was also painted with permission from the property owner and intentionally tucked away in a laneway where you wouldn’t see it unless it found you.”
“In a time when anti police sentiment is high I don’t see what’s to be gained by censoring public artwork that you don’t agree with @nswpolice , other than re enforcing #ftp #acab sentiment… “


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