NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Two police advocacy groups have hit Mayor Bill de Blasio with a lawsuit claiming he and Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg violated their First Amendment rights by refusing to let them paint a “Blue Lives Matter” mural in Manhattan.
Blue Lives Matter NYC and Standing Up For NYC sent a letter to de Blasio in July asking for permission to paint the mural either outside One Police Plaza or in Times Square — days after the city painted a “Black Lives Matter” mural in front of Trump Tower.
On Monday evening, the two groups filed a suit claiming the city allowed “city property to be used by private speakers” when it painted the “Black Lives Matter” mural, but wouldn’t do the same when it came to their proposed “Blue Lives Matter” mural, the New York Post reported.
“The ‘Black Lives Matter’ message is highly political and is generally understood by the public to be and support a general anti-police message (and) include some extreme measures (such) as defunding the police and ending police activity,” the lawsuit claims, according to the outlet.
In their July letter, the two groups said their proposed mural would “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.”
During a press briefing at the end of July, however, de Blasio said the city wouldn’t approve mural requests from other groups — including Blue Lives Matter NYC and Standing Up For NYC.
“This is about something much bigger than any one group,” he said. “This is about righting a wrong and moving forward.”
A spokesperson for the mayor on Tuesday said the city cannot comment on ongoing litigation.