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Alex Schaefer, L.A. Artist Behind Burning-Bank Paintings, Arrested for Chalking Outside Chase Fair or Foul?

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  • gocar 2012/07/25 13:40:35
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    gocar
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    Surely this is a form of free speech? It was not permanent like spray paint, it was the same as carrying a sign on a public sidewalk. I think he should take it further -- where is the ACLU?

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  • P. Sturm 2012/09/15 00:44:06
    Foul
    P. Sturm
    +1
    There is no permanent marking taking place.
  • ttfndude 2012/07/28 03:11:21
    Foul
    ttfndude
    +1
    nothing like the truth to piss those rich people off.....of course with that money it is easy to use our public police force to do their bidding
  • mama sew,gung ho 2012/07/27 04:27:23
    Foul
    mama sew,gung ho
    +1
    Banks=bullies,liars,and cowards!
  • Frannin 2012/07/26 17:59:37
    Undecided
    Frannin
    +1
    This is a tough one. On the one hand, the bank has no other choice but to try and stop
    this bad publicity. On the other hand, the bank and its CEO angers me. I hope the public
    can see the extreme need for the regulations proposed by the Obama administration and
    let their feelings be known through their congressmen (and women).
  • bob h. 2012/07/26 17:39:39
    Foul
    bob h.
    +2
    Police State LA does it again.
  • TuringsChild 2012/07/26 05:38:48
    Foul
    TuringsChild
    +3
    It's CHALK. Ever hear of Free Speech?
  • lolitalovely 2012/07/26 04:23:08
    Undecided
    lolitalovely
    +1
    He's defacing public property. If chase really wanted to they could attempt (and probably fail because the argument would be pretty weak) to argue nuisance tort or slander. I'm glad that he's standing up for his beliefs, but he broke a law to do it. The reason a kid can play hopscotch on a public sidewalk is because no one reports it. The people at Chase were obviously going to report it. He should've made a blog or something. there were much smarter ways to go about it.
  • Alvin lolital... 2012/07/26 12:59:33
    Alvin
    +2
    I would have a hard time being convinced that using chalk on a public sidewalk is "defacing public property"
  • MlssCue... Alvin 2012/07/26 13:11:39
    MlssCue =Go Blue=
    +2
    Agreed!
  • lolital... Alvin 2012/07/27 02:13:27
    lolitalovely
    I was tired and meant to say vandalism. vandalism doesn't have to be permanent or anywhere close. Egging a car or a government building is common vandalism. It's easy to wash off, but it's still vandalism. The fact that this art was in chalk only mitigates the penalties for doing it. Although that may be false as some communities have banned chalk art on public property altogether. The city still had to pay someone to spray wash it off and I believe that most areas don't allow chalk art without a permit. I'm not up on the laws in wherever this happened though so I could be completely wrong about the laws there. They arrested him and set a bail so it’s highly likely that it isn’t legal to do this without a permit there.
  • Christian 2012/07/26 03:17:55
    Foul
    Christian
    +4
    Come on its chalk, it comes off with water.
  • Vinny 2012/07/25 19:15:28
    Foul
    Vinny
    +2
    foul check the expression on his face lol
  • john.keenan.792 2012/07/25 17:46:22
    Foul
    john.keenan.792
    +1
    its just sheer vandilism so yeah he should be jailed
  • gocar 2012/07/25 13:40:35
    Foul
    gocar
    +5
    Surely this is a form of free speech? It was not permanent like spray paint, it was the same as carrying a sign on a public sidewalk. I think he should take it further -- where is the ACLU?
  • Kitty Kat 'CARROT' 2012/07/25 12:14:43
    Foul
    Kitty Kat 'CARROT'
    +4
    It's art leave it alone
  • geneticmistake 2012/07/25 12:01:47
    Foul
    geneticmistake
    +4
    They should have just washed the chalk away as he was writing. If he was spray painting that would have been another matter.
  • beach bum 2012/07/25 11:19:40
    Foul
    beach bum
  • MlssCue =Go Blue= 2012/07/25 10:22:13 (edited)
    Foul
    MlssCue =Go Blue=
    +5
    I see no problem with it. He wasn't touching anyone, he wasn't inside of their establishment, he wasn't even talking to their customers. AND it was a public sidewalk!

    Also, I did not know that it's against the law. That means my kids & I are constantly breaking the law lol Why do they sell the damn stuff if its against the law?!

    **Also, it's a great message....that he suggests here.
  • Christopher Brady 2012/07/25 10:17:51
    Undecided
    Christopher Brady
    +4
    On one hand he's defacing public property (Which really isn't considering the city owns it) on the other hand, it's going to wash away with water, so what sort of harm is being done? It's not like he's lying about the bank...

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