One Michigan attorney was cited for a “Black Lives Matter” sign in front of his house, which police said was in violation of a city ordinance.
A lawyer from Grosse Pointe Shores near Detroit, Todd Russell Perkins, nailed the sign to a tree outside his house in November.
Afterwards, he received a police report warning him and asking him to remove the sign because it violated the rule that there can be no political signs larger than seven square feet.
The police said they received an anonymous complaint about the sign. Perkins said he wanted to know which neighbor filed the complaint and argued that he should have freedom of speech.
Speaking to Fox News, he said, “To be able to announce it, to be able to say it, to be able to shout it from the top of a mountain is my right as an American.
“We can all agree that this is more than seven square meters, but we cannot agree that this is a political statement. Which candidate has been called “Black Lives Matter, Number One”? Which campaign theme was described as “Black Lives Matter”?
Perkins added: “For other people it is political. It’s political for people who are probably not black, who probably don’t understand what that means, how important it is for us to have our fair share, to have more equality than what’s here.
The regulation applies to political signs, garage sales signs, sales signs and other freestanding signs.
The attorney says he considers the ordinance unconstitutional because it “states that no sign larger than seven square meters will be used in connection with a political candidate or campaign issue or initiative. This sign is therefore neither.”
Washington Newsday has asked the mayor of Grosse Pointe Shores and the police for comments.
In July, a mural with “Black Lives Matter” on the side of a downtown store was removed by a nonprofit graffiti removal organization.
The mural showed a picture of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the iconic St. Louis Gateway Arch. It also honored the late George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement.
The mural was created by artist Katherine Bernhardt, who bought the building to store her art and painted the mural on plywood sections used to cover the windows. She wanted to do something to support the movement against racial injustice.
However, the officials received a graffiti complaint about the building through the city’s Office of Citizen Services. The complaint was forwarded to Brightside St. Louis, a nonprofit organization that is also a department of the St. Louis Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry.