An Onalaska lady and her teenage daughter are preventing their graffiti citations, arguing police overreacted to sidewalk chalk messages left alongside the town’s waterfront.
Lori Lunney and her sixteen-yr-previous daughter, members of the La Crosse Space Displaying up for Racial Justice group, on April sixteen unfold what she described as messages of affection on public sidewalks on the Nice River Touchdown.
The messages included: “Love isn’t racist,” “You’re welcome right here,” “There’s sufficient room for everybody,” “You’re standing on Ho-Chunk land,” “Rise up for Muslims,” and “Black lives matter.”
“We by no means thought something of it,” Lunney stated.
The subsequent day, an Onalaska officer confirmed up at her home and issued Lunney and her daughter $187 tickets.
“I used to be floored that this was a criminal offense,” she stated. “It’s over-policing of sidewalk chalking.”
Lunney met with Police Chief Jeff Trotnic, who informed her that the messages defaced public property and will encourage extra chalking. He didn’t instantly reply to the Tribune.
An officer on Lunney’s quotation said that a few of the messages seemed to be written in oil-based mostly chalk that required a strain washer for removing.
“We obtained the chalk at Goal,” Lunney stated. “It was already smearing off as we have been writing the messages.”
The racial justice group at the least twice left comparable messages on public property in La Crosse with out problem, Lunney famous.
Lunney and her daughter seem in Coulee Area Joint Municipal Courtroom on June 5.