Protesters armed with sidewalk chalk plan another demonstration

Chalk it up to determination.

Four people who face misdemeanor graffiti charges for chalking up city sidewalks while protesting police misconduct are expected to be at it again today.

Protesters are planning to gather outside the Metropolitan Police Department’s headquarters at 400 S. Martin Luther King Blvd. at noon “for an hour of fun and free speech,” according to a social media post.

Organizers Nevada Cop Block and Sunset Activist Collective said they will bring brooms and water to clean up any chalk to save taxpayers the $1,500 authorities said it cost to clean up the chalk left after two July protests.

“Bring the kids, bring a bite, and bring your opinion,” a Facebook post said.

The groups have been demonstrating against police brutality and officer-involved shootings in Las Vegas since the department came under scrutiny following a Review-Journal investigation and a federal Department of Justice review.

The investigations found the department lacked policies to prevent shootings and rarely held officers accountable for problematic shootings.

During two demonstrations in July, protesters used washable colored chalk to write critical statements of police on the sidewalks outside police headquarters and in front of the Regional Justice Center.

One statement read: “Not one single cop in Metro’s entire history has been charged after shooting someone. Even if that person was unarmed and/or innocent.”

Another was: “(Expletive) the police.”

Police said it cost city workers $1,500 to cleanup the chalk using power washing equipment, but a report noted one chalk statement was washed away by some spilled coffee.

Kelly Wayne Patterson, 44, Brian Ballentine, 31, Hailee Jewell, 18, and Catalino de la Cruz Dazo Jr., 20, face multiple gross misdemeanor counts of placing graffiti or defacing property and conspiracy to commit placing graffiti.

If convicted, they could face probation, a suspended driver’s license, community service and up to a year in the Clark County Detention Center.

Contact reporter Francis McCabe at fmccabe@review or 702-380-1039.

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