Graffiti depicting President Donald Trump shooting a handgun at schoolchildren who are seen lying in pools of blood stunned an Alabama city days ago.
Sarah Shirey and her husband own a coffee shop in downtown Florence across the street from where controversial display was painted, and Shirey told WHNT-TV she was disturbed by what she saw Monday.
“My husband and I were looking at it, trying to figure it out, and then we realized all of the red coming out of the bodies was blood,” Shirey told the station. “And then I was assuming it was a school shooting.”
Florence Mayor Steve Holt called the graffiti disgusting, WAAY-TV reported. But since it was painted on private property, Florence city leaders said Monday there wasn’t anything they could immediately do — but they did reach out to the property owner, WHNT said.
WAAY-TV reported in a follow-up piece that the owner didn’t give anyone permission to put up the graffiti, and Holt said the owner told the city it could cover the display with paint — a task that was completed Tuesday morning.
Shirey told WHNT she understands the importance of free expression but that the wall in question isn’t an appropriate spot for it.
“They are obviously trying to send a message about what they believe, and I guess people have that freedom here, but that is a private piece of property and so they can’t really do it there,” she told WHNT. “Which we really don’t appreciate it there.”
Content warning: Video shows graffiti of schoolchildren lying in pools of blood:
(H/T: Washington Times)