According to law enforcement sources, the decision to remove the mural came after neighbors complained about its "violent" message — with bullet holes in the word murderers and tombstones. Police said they were applying a "broken windows" approach to addressing quality-of-life concerns voiced by local residents.
Marina Curet told the police officers when they arrived that she had given the artist permission to paint the wall and that he had offered to remove it himself. But officers painted over the mural within four hours, even leaving midway through for a lunch break. Residents came out swinging in favor of the right to free speech. "Isn't great art supposed to be controversial?" said Ian Lang, 48, a Hudson Heights resident, as a he snapped a picture of the mural before the police painted over it. Inwood resident Richard Herrera defended the artists' right to paint his message. "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," he wrote on Facebook.According to Ket, the painting was inspired by the shooting of the unarmed teen Ramarley Graham by an NYPD officer in the Bronx and other similar incidents.
All of the aforementioned corporation and entities seen in the artwork can be considered "murderers" at one point or the other. Scared of the truth? And shouldn't officers be out catching real criminals instead of getting familiar with drop cloths and paint rollers? Check out photos of Ket's mural, before and after the NYPD's handiwork, in the gallery. [Spotted at Animal New York] MORE ON HIP-HOP WIRED! • 10 Flicks Of Rick Ross Eating Like A G [PHOTOS] • Gunplay Calls Swastika Tattoo A “Symbol Of Genocide” [PHOTOS] • HOT 97 TV Debuts New Web Series Los Blancos Starring Rosa Acosta [PHOTOS] • On Set With Swizz Beatz, Ludacris, Chris Brown & Magic Johnson for “Everyday Birthday” [PHOTOS] • Cowgirl Bathtime With Rosa Acosta & Konsole Kingz [PHOTOS] • Wired 25: The 25 Best Songs From "Mixtape Weezy" [LISTEN] • When The Money Goes: 8 Rappers Who Turned To A Life Of Crime (And Got Caught) • Hip-Hop Wired Presents: A Tribute To BET's Rap City: Tha Basement [VIDEO] -- Photos: DNAinfo/Farran Powell