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Alan Ket, Graffiti Artist, Says His ‘Murderers’ Mural Was Censored by NYPD

AOL  The New York Police Department’s decision to paint over a mural that cast the agency as “murderers” has some residents in the Manhattan neighborhood of Inwood and the New York Civil Liberties Union accusing authorities of violating an artist’s right to free speech.

“This wall is being censored by the NYPD,” graffiti artist Alan Ket told DNAinfo.com.

Ket recently painted a mural showing the word “murderers” over depictions of coffins with labels that included “NYPD,” “EPA” and “Halliburton.”

Ket, who said that a recent rash of police shootings inspired him to paint the mural, had gotten permission from New Edition Cleaners owner Marina Curet to put the artwork on the side of her business. Curet said that she has allowed artists to paint there for four years.

But he certainly didn’t have the blessing of the local 34th Precinct, a fact made crystal clear by actions taken by the agency in response to his artwork.

Two plainclothes officers showed up at the store with buckets of paint on Tuesday and covered the inflammatory mural. DNAinfo quoted police sources as saying that the 34th Precinct decided to take action after getting complaints from residents.

But while some may not approve of the mural’s message, many see its removal as a violation of free speech.

“We shouldn’t be as concerned with the subject matter as we should be with the fact of the matter that the police abused their authority and basically bullied people to censor art,” Inwood resident Richard Herrera wrote on Facebook, according to DNAInfo.com.

The New York Civil Liberties Union also weighed in on the matter, saying that the officers’ actions smacked of censorship.

“Freedom of political speech is a fundamental American right,” said the group’s executive director, Donna Lieberman. “The police don’t have the right to censor material they don’t agree with. That flies in the face of the First Amendment.”

Ket said that the building’s landlord has prohibited him from writing “censorship” on the paint that now covers the mural, DNAinfo.com reported.

“It’s a little bit crazy,” he said.

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6 Responses to Alan Ket, Graffiti Artist, Says His ‘Murderers’ Mural Was Censored by NYPD

  1. sheila says:

    looks like the blue gang does not like having
    their laundry aired in such a public place,

    say no!

    survivingsurvivalism.com

  2. S.W.P. says:

    Maybe they would have understood if they had been shot for trespassing when they painted over the mural!!! Where do they think they have the right to come on to private property and not be held liable for their actions.The store owner along with the artist should sue for damages.Little by little the police state keeps angering the populace and it will get to the point that some will retaliate at a time of their choosing.

  3. #1 NWO Hatr says:

    Freedom of speech is definitely dead.
    I’d be willing to bet that the only complaints they got from residents ( IF ANY ) would have come from the fascist cops families.

  4. …Jesus Christ!…how sad….how the depth of discussion, and personal standards have declined in this world…and in this country (most certainly)…? Does anyone recall a time or moment in this country when a person’s property was their own, and discussions about what they did with it centered on taste…not rights….? Who cares what “the neighbors” had to say..or complain about…?

    …..and are you telling me that “Professional Police Officers” that have presumably been educated in their jobs and The Constitution did not understand their actions were illegal and illegitimate?

    …Please, people….wake up…they are stirring the boiling pot on purpose as they need to create the image of chaos and anarchy so that they can justify the deployment of the two Marine Police Battalions….and their Martial Law..

    …we’ve been trying to tell you….

    Regards,

    RJ O’Guillory
    Author-
    Webster Groves-The Life of an Insane Family

    • Angel-NYC says:

      Agreed.
      This morning, The Trenches received a reply/update from Dayna Donovan on a story I sent in on July 15th (Troy Donovan and His Wife Dayna Find Squatters Living in Their Littleton, Colo., Home). I’m still flabbergasted by what she said.
      What has happened to our Country?!?! We must put a stop to it.

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