Black Lives Matter mural celebrating Black Panthers and convicted cop killer commissioned to go in front of police station


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PALO ALTO, CA – Just in case any of you were under the impression that Black Lives Matter is actually about black lives and equality for everyone, allow us to set the record straight. 

Now, before we go any further, it is imperative that we state the following:

Black lives DO matter. 

Brown lives DO matter. 

Asian lives DO matter. 

White lives ALSO matter. 

Blue lives ABSOLUTELY matter. 


Now, there are plenty of people who believe that saying those last three qualify as racist comments. Nothing could be further from the truth. More on that later. 

But first, a mural has been commissioned and placed in front of the Palo Alto, CA City Hall and Police Department. In all caps, it simply says, “BLACK LIVES MATTER.”


Black Lives Matter mural celebrating Black Panthers and convicted cop killer commissioned to go in front of police station
Aerial view of the BLM mural

Oh, and tax-payers from the city picked up the tab, as it was commissioned by the city.

A source close to the situation told Law Enforcement Today:

“The city has already made cuts to the department. The traffic unit has been disbanded. Hiring has been frozen in a department that is already short staffed and officers are leaving as fast as they can obtain jobs in other cities.”

So, beyond the obvious reasons for questioning the mural, let’s dig a little bit deeper. 

Look at the “E” in the word matter. 

You may recognize the person depicted. Let us zoom in a little. 

Black Lives Matter mural celebrating Black Panthers and convicted cop killer commissioned to go in front of police station
Aerial photo of BLM mural

In the letter are the words “we must love each other and support each other.”

Ironic words considering the person in the mural is Assata Shakur. You may not recognize that name. How about her real name?

Joanne Deborah (Byron) Chesimard.

Law Enforcement Today has reported on this woman several times. For some reason, she’s hailed as a hero among activists. You can read more about her HERE, HERE and HERE.

In 1973, Chesimard, a member of both the Black Panthers and the Black Liberation Army, shot and killed Trooper Werner Foerster of the New Jersey State Police. Werner was shot four times in the chest. After a weapons malfunction, he was shot in the face from point blank range with his own service weapon. 

In 1976, she escaped from prison and was granted asylum in Cuba, where she still resides. She is still wanted in the US and she is on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list. 

The words of “love and support” were from a longer quote by Shakur: 

“It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.” 

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The founders of Black Lives Matter openly speak of the admiration they have for Shakur and her teachings that have had an influence on them and the BLM “movement.”

Recently, as part of an art exhibit displayed in airports around the country meant to celebrate Black History Month, a poster of her photo was included, listing one of her first contributions as:

“Became the first woman to be placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted list after escaping to Cuba from prison where she was serving a life sentence for the 1973 murder of a police officer.”

Black Lives Matter mural celebrating Black Panthers and convicted cop killer commissioned to go in front of police station

Now, let’s look at the letter “R.”

Black Lives Matter mural celebrating Black Panthers and convicted cop killer commissioned to go in front of police station
Photo of the BLM mural, Palo Alto, CA

Shakur is in this portion of the mural as well, as is a Black Panther. 

Our source asked these questions:

“Why would a city council review and approve the likeness of a woman who assassinated a police officer, and place it [the mural] where officers must drive by and walk by it numerous times a day?

“The morale of the officers is already very low around the country and to have a cop killer glorified in front of your work place is beyond comprehension and creates a hostile work environment. 

“What is the message being portrayed to the men and women in law enforcement who must look at this every day? 

“It is either a disgusting level of ignorance or a slap in the face to police.” 

Here is our answer to the men and women of the Palo Alto Police Department. 

The city leadership as turned its back on you, making it next to impossible to do your jobs effectively as well as safely. Please know, that are millions of people around this country that understand the role of a sheepdog and value you for who you are.

Your life absolutely matters.

Another question that should be raised is, where is the media coverage of this travesty of “art.” No one in the mainstream is discussing the fact that a convicted cop killer hiding out in Cuba is part of the mural the city paid for. 

The last question that must be asked is how does the city of Palo Alto get away with commissioning this painting which endorses a political organization? 

If the fact that BLM follows the teachings and ideology of a cop killer who wants to wipe capitalism off the earth is not enough to convince you, here is another argument. 

Directly from their mission statement on their website: 

“We make our spaces family-friendly and enable parents to fully participate with their children. We dismantle the patriarchal practice that requires mothers to work ‘double shifts’ so that they can mother in private even as they participate in public justice work.

“We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.”

Yes, they actually said that they disrupt the nuclear family structure. If you are unfamiliar with the term, it is the same as “traditional.” Two parents in the home is a nuclear family.

This is one of the aspects that plagues the black community now. Of course there are some single moms who are awesome ladies doing an amazing job. But the absence of the father in the home, regardless of ethnicity or race, is damaging to our society.  

Not all members of the black community are buying into the propaganda that is being spewed from BLM.

Marcellus Wiley, former NFL player and current sports analyst, pointed out:

Children in single parent homes are “five times more likely to commit suicide, six times more likely to live in poverty, nine times more likely to drop out of high school, 10 times more likely to abuse chemical substances, 14 times more likely to commit rape, 20 times more likely to end up in prison, and 32 times more likely to run away from home” when compared to their peers from a two-parent home.” 

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