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Five Palo Alto officers sue city over Assata Shakur Black Lives Matter street mural

By Aldo Toledo, Mercury News

PALO ALTO — Five Palo Alto police officers are suing the city claiming harassment and discrimination for being “forced” to walk past a street mural last summer depicting 1970s Black Liberation Army member and fugitive Assata Shakur.

The civil complaint against the city — filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court by Palo Alto police officers Eric Figueroa, Michael Foley, Christopher Moore, Robert Parham and Julie Tannock — claims the officers were “forced to physically pass and confront the mural every time they entered the Palo Alto Police department,” calling it “offensive, discriminatory and harassing iconography” that fostered a “hostile” and “retaliatory” work environment.


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