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Two residents in Martinez, California are now being charged with a hate crime for painting over a Black Lives Matter mural in the street in front of the Contra Costa County courthouse.
Nichole Anderson, 42, and David Nelson, 53, have been charged with three misdemeanor charges, including a hate crime, according to the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office.
The letter from the DA stated: "We must address the root and byproduct of systemic racism in our country. The Black Lives Matter movement is an important civil rights cause that deserves all of our attention... the mural completed last weekend was a peaceful and powerful way to communicate the importance of Black lives in Contra Costa County and the country. We must continue to elevate discussions and actually listen to one another in an effort to heal our community and country."
Anderson and Nelson are being charged with Violation of Civil Rights, Vandalism under $400, and Possession of Tools to Commit Vandalism or Graffiti.
If they are convicted, they could face up to 12 months in jail.