NYPD Paints Over Controversial "Murderers" Mural By Ket, Noxer and Tres in Inwood
DNAinfo has reported that the political mural painted by Ket, Noxer and Tres in the Inwood section of New York has been painted over by plain clothes officers. The eyebrow raising work said “murderers” in bold block letters with tombstones in the foreground reading NYPD, Haliburton, Goldman Sachs, War on Drugs, Monsanto, and The World Trade Organization to name a few.
Alan Ket and partners Noxer and Tres painted the mural with the business owners permission. DNAinfo spoke to the business owner Marina Curet, who said in Spanish “I can’t confront them, because I don’t want problems… There is no freedom of expression.”
Alan Ket, a 41 year old Inwood resident and customer of the store has said that he has touched upon political topics before. He then elaborated on the mural by saying that he was inspired by the Broadway musical “Fela!” about the life of Nigerian afrobeat founder Fela Kuti. One of the most memorable scenes of the play is a parade of coffins dubbed with the names of organizations that commit atrocities in Africa. “I was inspired by the unarmed Ramarley Graham shooting in Bronx and the trend in police shootings” Ket told DNAinfo.
Local residents are appalled, claiming that the right to free speech had been violated. It is definitely interesting to see overwhelming support for the controversial mural from the local community. For more in depth coverage head to DNAinfo to read their article in full.