Brooklyn man says city denied him permit for ‘other’ lives matter mural


A Brooklyn man is suing the city, arguing his free-speech rights were violated when he could not get permission to paint a mural that was “more inclusive” than those saying “Black Lives Matter.”

Neil Raymond contends he wanted to use messages such as “Asian Lives Matter” and “White Lives Matter” to show “that lives other than black lives matter,” according to his federal court papers.

The city told Raymond in 2020 that, except for one-time painting of the BLM murals throughout the five boroughs, it doesn’t allow messages on public roads, legal papers say.

But the suit contends that Raymond was really turned down because of the message he wanted to display.

“I thought BLM was very left wing. I thought it was unfair that one political side was being shown to the world in my city, but other sides are just not welcome,” he told The Post.

The suit, which was filed last month in federal court in Brooklyn, seeks unspecified damages.

A mural in Williamsburg, Brooklyn depicts the George Floyd protests, showing a police car burning and a black fist breaking a chain.
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A conservative women’s group lost a similar suit in federal court earlier this year.

City Hall did not respond to a request for comment.

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