In New York, the NYPD has started using chalk to spray graffiti on sidewalks and storefronts, and has also painted street chalk on sidewalks.
But what do these street chalkers have in common?
They are all young white men, and they are using chalk in their own communities to make a political statement.
And when they do so, they are met with fierce backlash.
“I’ve never seen chalk used to make political statements before.
It is like a war zone,” said Alex Blumberg, a resident of Queens, New York.
He and others who have painted graffiti on the sidewalks said they have seen the police come into their homes, ask them questions about graffiti, and threaten them with arrest.
“There’s a lot of hate and violence coming against these people because they are not the same people who were responsible for the destruction of the Empire State Building,” said Blumbs, who is also an organizer with the local group “We Can’t Stop,” which is campaigning against the police.
Blumbs and others said they were afraid to paint on the sidewalk because they didn’t want to appear racist.
“It’s a war,” he said.
“We want to show that we are not racists.
We want to tell them, ‘we are here to protect you, we’re here to be part of the community, we are here because you are in the wrong.'”
The NYPD told the New York Daily News that the practice of using chalk is a routine practice for the department, which began in 2006 and has since been expanded to include sidewalks and other public areas.
“Our officers are trained to enforce the law and to protect the rights of our citizens,” said Detective Michael Bialek, a spokesperson for the NYPD’s public affairs office.
“Chalk is a legal, non-hazardous substance that can be used to paint graffiti, or to mark a sidewalk, in public areas of a city, provided the graffiti is on the pavement, not the sidewalk itself.”
In addition, chalk is also used to mark buildings, such as street lights, and to mark the boundaries of buildings as graffiti.
“A spokesperson for NYC’s Department of City Planning said that in an effort to improve the quality of life for residents and to promote more livable and safe streets, the department has worked to provide graffiti enforcement training for officers.
But for residents who paint graffiti on their own property, the police are often aggressive.”
They will take pictures of your house and send them to the cops,” said resident and mural artist Andrew O’Brien.
O’Brien said he was the victim of a police raid on his home.
The police seized his house and smashed up his windows, so he had to move out and get a new one.”
If you don’t have a lawyer, you can’t go back, because it’s against the law.
If you don-t have a permit, you’re not allowed to paint,” O’Briens said.”
So, I went and got a permit for a sidewalk.
“When O’Brion was told that he could not paint on his sidewalk because he was breaking the law, he decided to paint over it.”
I’m not trying to disrespect anyone, but I’m trying to do something that I think is good for my neighborhood and for the community.””
You’re trying to protect your neighborhood and make it safer.
I’m not trying to disrespect anyone, but I’m trying to do something that I think is good for my neighborhood and for the community.”
O’Brien said he’s hoping that by painting on his own house he can get the message across to the police that there is a place for graffiti.
“Hopefully, when they see that, they will stop trying to go after us and try to make us go away,” he added.