A Dallas Business owner is getting threats of summonses over an 8-foot mural honoring five police officers murdered in a mass shooting last year, Fox News reports.
The mural is a memorial for the officers who were killed during a mass shooting during a Black Lives Matter rally last July.
Diana Paz, who owns the Last Call Lounge where the mural was set up, says city officials did not want to listen to her when she tried to tell them about the planned memorial but now they are threatening her if she does not take it down.
The city officials say “we did not ask that any mural be taken down,” but say they want the wall on which the mural is painted to be removed.
“It has to do with the fact that a fence was built without a permit,” a spokesman for Dallas City Hall told Fox.
“The building inspector went out and looked at it, and gave them a notice,” he said. “They went back and the owners still didn’t have a permit, so they gave them a warning. The city did its job.”
More, via Fox News:
Paz was issued a violation notice May 25 saying that she failed to obtain a permit to use metal siding in the construction and that the fence blocks visibility at a nearby four-way stop.
Paz said her cousin, Cesar Rodriguez, made changes. He moved the fence back three feet to address complaints about visibility at the intersection at an added cost of $2,000, bringing the cost of building the fence to more than $17,000.
“They still said it wasn’t right,” Paz said. “The previous old posts are still there, they can see we moved the posts. They say they’ll keep giving us citations.”
Paz said her intention was to commemorate the shooting anniversary with the mural, which shows six officers of different races carrying a coffin with an American flag draped over it.