TULSA (AP) — The city of Tulsa has decided to remove a massive “Black Lives Matter’’ sign painted on a city street following a request from a group of local Republicans seeking permission to paint a “Back the Blue” sign.
Tulsa councilors decided to get rid of the sign during a Wednesday council meeting in which they discussed whether paintings on city streets are legal without permits.
The discussion kicked off last week after Bob Jack, chairman of the Tulsa Republican Party, asked his councilor about the procedure for painting a mural in support of law enforcement officers. Jack said it was a rhetorical question because he already knows the city does not have a process for street paintings.
Jack said he is not against the signs, but he doesn’t think it should be on a city street.
Tulsa City attorney David O’Meilia said paintings on city streets are only allowed for safety reasons, like crosswalks or yield signs.