[Ed. – Then why exactly were people who came, unpermitted, to paint over the unpermitted BLM paintings arrested? Sounds like a lawsuit there, if someone cares to take it up. Of course, the groups that sought permits and were referred to slow-rolled departmental processing — unlike BLM — may have a stronger challenge.]
City officials ignored their own application process for public art projects to paint Black Lives Matter murals around the five boroughs, in order to mark an important moment in history, Mayor Bill de Blasio said as his administration faces claims of First Amendment violations for refusing to green-light other proposals. …
The pro-President Trump group Women for America First has sued City Hall for blocking a mural of their slogan “Engaging, Inspiring and Empowering Women to Make a Difference!” on a Manhattan roadway, while allowing multiple BLM paintings throughout the city.
Hizzoner insists he didn’t block the move, just referred groups like Women for America First and the pro-police Blue Lives Matter to the Department of Transportation’s permitting process. But there was no approval required for the BLM movement.