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Protesters change ‘Defund the Police’ mural outside Milwaukee City Hall to read ‘Defend the Police’

Anonymous protesters change the ‘Defund the Police’ mural outside Milwaukee City Hall to read ‘Defend the Police’ as a sign of law enforcement support

  • A street mural outside Milwaukee City Hall was altered a few days after its founding on Friday
  • The painted words ‘Defund the Police’ have been changed to ‘Defend the Police’
  • Similar screenings were seen across the country after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis and subsequent protests
  • Late Friday evening the painting was changed back to ‘Defund the Police’

On a mural painted outside of Milwaukee City Hall that reads “Defund the Police” a letter was painted on Friday that reads “Defend the Police.”

The original mural was painted on Wednesday by about 30 activists in support of what has become a nationwide movement to transfer money from the police to schools and youth programs.

But just two days later, the text “Defend the police” had been tampered with.

A street mural outside Milwaukee City Hall was changed on Friday days after it was made

A street mural outside Milwaukee City Hall was changed on Friday days after it was made

The painted words 'Defund the Police' have been changed to 'Defend the Police'

The painted words 'Defund the Police' have been changed to 'Defend the Police'

The painted words ‘Defund the Police’ have been changed to ‘Defend the Police’

The adjustment to the original sentence came after former councilor Robert Donovan openly criticized the mural on social media on Wednesday evening.

The adjustment to the original sentence came after former councilor Robert Donovan openly criticized the mural on social media on Wednesday evening.

The adjustment to the original sentence came after former councilor Robert Donovan openly criticized the mural on social media on Wednesday evening.

The ‘D’ was painted blue while the ‘U’ was covered and turned into an ‘E’, according to Urban Milwaukee.

The change was carried out by an anonymous group, but their work was short-lived and the ‘U’ had returned by the end of Friday.

The adjustment to the original sentence came after former councilor Robert Donovan, who was on the Milwaukee Common Council, openly criticized the mural on social media on Wednesday evening.

“It’s solved for you, folks!” he tweeted along with a photo with the mural streaked with a blue line.

The “thin blue line” is a term for the police used to claim that it is the line that keeps society from descending into violent chaos.

The 'Defund the Police' movement started to gain momentum after the death of George Floyd while in custody in Minneapolis. This mural was pained in Washington DC

The 'Defund the Police' movement started to gain momentum after the death of George Floyd while in custody in Minneapolis. This mural was pained in Washington DC

The ‘Defund the Police’ movement started to gain momentum after the death of George Floyd while in custody in Minneapolis. This mural was pained in Washington DC

The words 'Defund the Police' were painted on Water Street near City Hall, but changed on Friday

The words 'Defund the Police' were painted on Water Street near City Hall, but changed on Friday

The words ‘Defund the Police’ were painted on Water Street near City Hall, but changed on Friday

The group behind the sudden change has managed to remain anonymous

The group behind the sudden change has managed to remain anonymous

The group behind the sudden change has managed to remain anonymous

During his 20 years with Milwaukee City Council, Donovan had long pushed for an increase in funding for the city’s police.

On Twitter, a number of comments seemed to praise the change.

“Defend the police. A great idea, ”wrote one user.

“I need to find out who this hero is so I can buy him a beer. #Milwaukee #DefendThePolice, ‘added another.

Outside of Milwaukee City Hall, protesters paint ‘spoiling the police.’ In response, their graffiti turns into; “DEFEND the police” … Keep it up America! This should catch on across the country! tweeted another online poster.

The ‘Defund the Police’ movement started to gain momentum after the death of George Floyd while in custody in Minneapolis.

A top view of the street shows the mural completely directly outside the town hall

A top view of the street shows the mural completely directly outside the town hall

A top view of the street shows the mural completely directly outside the town hall

Friday late on Friday the painting was changed back to 'Defund the Police'

Friday late on Friday the painting was changed back to 'Defund the Police'

Friday late on Friday the painting was changed back to ‘Defund the Police’

“People keep asking us, what does defund mean? It doesn’t mean get rid of it, ‘said Jeremy Wilbur who was part of the group that painted the’ Defund the Police ‘mural.

“Let’s make this clear, we don’t hate the police,” he said in one Facebook Live video.

“Some people don’t understand what police defund means,” said another protester, Brandon Wilborn CBS58.

“It just means not to lose the police, but to take some of the money they get and put it in the schools, housing and other places where it is needed.”

In Milwaukee, the Common Council is examining the likely consequences of a possible 10% cut in the police budget.

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