The Washington, D.C., government has reportedly spent $271,231 refurbishing the “Black Lives Matter” street mural in the city, drawing criticism as crime rates surge. The infamous mural, initially painted by Democrat Mayor Muriel Bowser in June 2020 during BLM protests, saw taxpayer funds allocated for its recent touch-up, including $217,680 in labor costs and $53,551 in paint supplies, according to reports from Fox News.
In a startling revelation, documents obtained by Judicial Watch have exposed the exorbitant expenses tied to Washington, D.C.’s ‘Black Lives Matter’ street mural refurbishment. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton didn’t mince words, slamming city leaders for what he deemed the ‘waste’ of $270,000 in taxpayer money. The controversy unfolds as crime in the city skyrockets, prompting questions about priorities.
The city’s choice of D.C.-based vendor Equus Striping for the mural project raises eyebrows, especially considering the questionable allocation of funds. The company documented the mural’s makeover on its Facebook page, showcasing the process from preparation to completion. What adds fuel to the fire is that this project took shape against the backdrop of D.C. cutting millions from its police budget since 2020, resulting in a staggering reduction of 400 officers from three years prior.
As crime rates surge in the nation’s capital, a fierce battle ensues between Congress and the D.C. Council over crime proposals. Democratic D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson attempts to downplay the crisis, but stark statistics tell a different story.
Homicides spike by 34%, robberies soar by 68%, motor vehicle theft skyrockets by 93%, and arson flames up by a shocking 125%, all by November 28, 2022. The overall surge in violent crime stands at a disconcerting 40%, with a 27% increase in total crime compared to the same period last year.
Amidst the grim numbers, Councilmember Trayon White Sr. breaks ranks with a call to declare an emergency and possibly deploy the National Guard to quell the rising crime wave. The ongoing clash highlights the intricate challenges faced by D.C. leaders, juggling public safety concerns, resource allocation, and the well-being of the community.
In the midst of escalating crime, the allocation of funds to a mural raises questions about the city’s commitment to genuine solutions and the safety of its residents.
Feds tell Just The News ‘Georgia student’s accused killer entered U.S. illegally, was paroled under Biden policies’
The man who murdered 22 year-old Georgia nursing student Laken Riley has been confirmed as suspect Jose Ibarra, an illegal Venezuelan immigrant who was released prior to the murder under Biden administration policies.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed Sunday that the Venezuelan man was Jose Ibarra. 26 year-old Ibarra entered the U.S. illegally, was arrested by Customs and Border Protection agents on Sept. 8, 2022, after he unlawfully entered the U.S. near El Paso, Texas, but was “paroled and released for further processing,” ICE said.
Ibarra was arrested again a year later, on Sept. 14, 2023, by NYPD officers and charged with acting in a manner to injure a child under 17 and a motor vehicle license violation, ICE added, reports Just The News.
Riley was murdered near the University of Georgia campus in Athens on Friday was directly impacted by the “liberalization of immigration policies by Democrats”. Just The News adds “Federal immigration officials said the Venezuelan national was released by New York authorities before a detainer could be issued. As a so-called sanctuary city, New York generally prevents police from complying with ICE detainers.”
“The official timeline of Ibarra’s immigration record only renewed ire among Republicans demanding that President Joe Biden tighten border security and that prosecutors deliver swift justice to Riley’s killer” writes Just The News.
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