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D.C. Mayor Has 'Black Lives Matter' Painted In Huge Yellow Letters On Street Leading To White House

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By Clark Sparky

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser made her message clear on Friday when the city revealed the phrase "Black Lives Matter" painted on the street in massive yellow letters. The words are on 16th street in downtown D.C., which leads directly to the White House and Lafayette Square.

Later on in the day, a new street sign was revealed on the lamp post on 16th street that officially renamed that section of the road "Black Lives Matter Plaza."

"There was a dispute this week about whose street this is," John Falcicchio, chief of staff for Bowser said in a tweet. "Mayor Bowser wanted to make it abundantly clear that this is DC's street and to honor demonstrators who (were) peacefully protesting on Monday evening."

Where the words are painted is the same area where on Monday the president used police and military force to clear out a group of peaceful protestors so he could walk across the street and have a photo-op with a Bible at St. John's Church.

While the gesture appeared to be in good faith, the official D.C. chapter of the Black Lives Matter Global Network was not impressed.

"This is a performative distraction from real policy changes. Bowser has consistently been on the wrong side of BLMDC history. This is to appease white liberals while ignoring our demands. Black Lives Matter means defund the police," the organization tweeted.

Mayor Bower was furious with Donald Trump's actions on Monday night.

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"I imposed a curfew at 7 pm. A full 25 minutes before the curfew & w/o provocation, federal police used munitions on peaceful protestors in front of the White House, an act that will make the job of @DCPoliceDept officers more difficult. Shameful! DC residents — Go home. Be safe," she tweeted.

Trump has even come under fire for dispersing the crowd and having his photo-op from his former Secretary of Defense.

“Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try. Instead, he tries to divide us,” Gen. James Mattis wrote in a scathing piece earlier in the week.

All of this started when video was released on May 25th showing Floyd being killed by police officers. Former officer Derek Chauvin knelt on the back of Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes while he was laying face down on the pavement in handcuffs.

Chauvin was originally charged with third degree murder and manslaughter, but that was increased to second degree murder on Wednesday.

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