Police groups hope to paint 'Blue Lives Matter' mural on Manhattan street

Maya Rajamani
July 16, 2020 - 11:22 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A pair of police advocacy groups have asked the city’s permission to paint a “Blue Lives Matter” mural on a Manhattan street.

Blue Lives Matter NYC and Standing Up For NYC on Wednesday sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio saying they hoped to paint a “Blue Lives Matter” mural either on Madison Street, near Pearl Street, outside One Police Plaza in lower Manhattan, or at the intersection of Broadway and West 45th Street in Times Square.

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“It has come to our attention that you generously allowed and supported the painting of a ‘Black Lives Matter’ mural on the 5th Avenue in Manhattan to bring more awareness to the issue of systemic racism and discrimination against African Americans,” the groups wrote. “We applaud your support of the cause.” 

“... (W)e would like to raise awareness regarding preventable murders of those who swore an oath to serve and protect their communities, and honor the lives and memory of public servants whose heroic lives ended too soon,” they added. 

Blue Lives Matter NYC, which is a non-profit, and Standing Up For NYC, an “online community,” hope to use “(their) own funds and resources” to paint "a similar ‘Blue Lives Matter’ mural,” the letter goes on to say. 

New York City recently painted a “Black Lives Matter” mural on the street in front of Trump Tower in Manhattan. The city has also been painting “Black Lives Matter” murals on five other streets — one in each borough —  as part of a separate initiative. 

1010 WINS has reached out to de Blasio’s office for comment on the two police groups’ request.