Racism deniers David Nelson & Nichole Anderson face charges

The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office today charged 53 year old David Nelson and Nichole Anderson (42) with three misdemeanor counts, including a hate crime, for their alleged actions on Saturday, July 4, when defendant Anderson covered up a Black Lives Matter mural with black paint while Nelson directly aided in the criminal conduct which was captured on video by numerous witnesses.

On July 1, a local Martinez resident applied for a permit to paint a Black Lives Matter temporary mural in downtown Martinez in front of the Wakefield Taylor Courthouse. The permit was approved by the City of Martinez and the painting was done on July 4thy.

Nelson and Anderson arrived at the scene of the mural shortly after it was completed with paint supplies. Anderson started to paint over the yellow letters “B” and “L” in the word “Black.” She used black paint and a large paint roller to do so. The video has been shared widely by witnesses and shared on social media.

“We must address the root and byproduct of systemic racism in our country. The Black Lives Matter movement is an important civil rights cause that deserves all of our attention,” stated Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton. “The mural completed last weekend was a peaceful and powerful way to communicate the importance of black lives in Contra Costa County and the country. We must continue to elevate discussions and actually listen to one another in an effort to heal our community and country.”

In total, both defendants are charged for the following alleged offenses:

Violation of Civil Rights, PC 422.6(b)
Vandalism Under $400, PC 594(a)
Possession of Tools to Commit Vandalism or Graffiti, PC 594.2(a)

If convicted, they each face up to a year in county jail. The alleged offenses are exempt from a specific bail amount due to the current county bail schedule in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Case information: People v. Nicole Claudia Anderson and David Richard Nelson, Docket Number 01-194031-1. Court dates have yet to be set.

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  1. Someone stands up to the anti-white racist BLM movement and you call them names. I thought you leftists liked protests. Not everyone has been duped by the violent BLM movement.


    I am so ashamed. These people need to-be punished to the full extent of the law.

    They are so ignorant and vile.

  3. If you think that the BLM movement is anti-white, you should check the connection to your tin-foil hat, and perhaps turn off Fox and friends. Your critical thinking skills and common sense are sorely lacking.

  4. Whoa, Martin…..”anti-white racist”? Who is “pro white racist”? You? Your blather makes little sense….BLM are protestors. The folks you need to fear are the white skinheads who are rioting.


    The white trash pair who did this are so dangerously out of touch with reality, as can be proven not just by their actions, but their choice in hat-wear and t-shirt.

    For them to claim that racism is over is astoundingly out of touch with reality. They just proved the motto of privilege — “if it doesn’t affect ME, then it doesn’t really exist”.

  6. LMAOOO, Martin says BLM is anti-white ? Martin must be blind ! BLM is Multicultural and multiracial with hundreds of thousands of white people marching along with other races!

  7. Martin Moore…anti-white-racist? Are you quite serious ? Please re-read your own comment before you go back to your hole in the ground.

  8. EDITORS NOTE: No shortage of reader commentary on this issue the past few days. Some well written content with differing opinions, and also more than a few vile racist comments that don’t deserve a response, let alone publication.

    Unfortunately many people don’t seem to be able to differentiate between a human rights issue and a political one.

    We are more than willing to publish letters that represent different views as long as they are civil, whether of whether we agree with them or not.

    But…We have a long-standing policy against publishing letters to the editor from readers who don’t provide a name or contact information that we can confirm, and that will not change.

  9. And now their dumb freaking arses are in the slammer … good!

  10. POST THE WHITE TRASH MUG SHOTS….lol..stupid Karen barely had enough paint to cover 2 letters

  11. I am glad they were punished; hate has no place here.


    IN RESPONSE TO DAN BAKER: Right-wingers can’t help lying. Newsome said he didn’t want white people gentrifying black neighborhoods because it raises the rents.


    People have been saying this for fifty years. It’s not racist to point out that gentrification destroys black communities, it’s the truth.

    You made up the “genetic defect” nonsense. He never said that.


    To Connie and others questioning the objectivity of this article, it is a near precise replication of a press release from the Contra Costa District Attorney’s office.

  14. I’m happy these two dimwits were caught and are being prosecuted. However, even though I agree with the sentiment, I think the headline is inflammatory coming from a news source.

  15. I watched the video. What I saw in that Trump couple was *hysteria.* I believe their heads have been lodged so deeply inside the right wing echo machine that they simply snapped. I noticed that they weren’t using the “N” word, they weren’t trying to assert racial superiority points. They were chanting meaningless slogans like “All lives matter” the way people chant at a ball game, a cheer to whip up their own enthusiasm and…their hysteria. That hysteria isn’t natural, though. Hysteria is the…incredibly dangerous…tool that the captains of the Trump reelection team are using to promote voter engagement for November. The cynicism is breathtaking.

  16. It’s ok to tear down a statue, but a crime to paint over that. Only a soft headed, bleeding heart liberal would think that’s ok

  17. Stop trying to silence those who have a differing opinion than your article or the left-wing ideology that it represents. Your defense of this article is indefensible. In the words of Sgt. Joe Friday, “just the facts ma’am, just the facts.”

    It might serve the community well if you look at the totality of this situation. The City of Martinez authorities allow a citizen to “legally” vandalize city property because he had a “permit” to do so ? City property is paid for by taxpayers’ money. I’m sure Martinez taxpayers would want THEIR property protected and not vandalized, whether it was “permitted” vandalism or not. Then, the politicians of the District Attorney’s office over-dramatize the situation by filing charges of a hate crime against this “white trash” couple ? Talk about an abuse of power! A simple charge of vandalism, without the over-charging rhetoric, would have been the responsible and professional choice by the District Attorney’s office. Shame on Contra Costa District Attorney Diana Becton for allowing this to happen.

    Thanks for allowing a differing opinion be heard.

  18. Your publication seemed to be out front on events like this even before the vandalism considering that your last two features were thoughtful articles involving Colin Kaepernick.

    He tried to raise the issue of racial injustice by the police four years ago but no one listened.

    The addition of a carnival barking racist spouting conspiracy theories in the White House took an already bad situation and made it a hundred times worse.

  19. I’m sorry, but you all are missing this entirely, much like most of the country. This has absolutely nothing to do with race, and everything to do with power. I am white, wife is black, have four bi-racial kids, but you know what…that doesn’t even matter ! We’re ALL immigrants!!!

    Does anyone know who Susan Rosenberg is ? blm ONLY cares about a situation in which a white cop kills a black man, and then forcing their view and very irrational agenda onto every American. Well, I’m retired out of the military, I fought for this flag and country for 24 years, I feel I’ve earned the right to think for and express myself, as do you all. Does racism exist, sure it does. You can’t touch it, but you can feel it, you know it’s out there.

    But, I’ve been in 68 countries, none are more progressive and diverse than the one that every one of us all are currently living in. We all must realize that every individual sees things through a different lens. We all had different childhoods and experiences as young people, regardless of our personal demographics.

    Be shocked if you even post this one after reviewing…..

  20. The degree to which people are willing to broadcast their ignorance here is breathtaking !

    Seriously, BRENDA – Not even worth engaging with such cluelessness.

    ROB – What is the irrational agenda of BLM ? Greater equality than what currently exists ? Look at history and you’d see that it’s flowing on a continuum and we’re taking the next steps (forward I hope).

    DON – Not the worst comment of the lot, but clearly, a permit to do something makes it legal. Painting without one is illegal as any graffiti artist will admit.

    TJ – The article’s title is inflammatory ? You must find creamed corn a little too exciting.

    CONNIE + LIZ – Must…get…remedial…education…and…learn…critical…thinking.

    DAN BAKER – Bite Me. Racist remark and also figure out how you can rationalize that the BLM, in protesting peacefully, is working against the 1st Amendment. And on who’s side lies the truth ? The tRump GOP ? That’s a funny one !

    Whomever posts following this, please, please be cogent !

    And if you can be caring and entertaining at the same time – kudos…..


    YES it is racist to say you don’t want white people gentrifying black neighborhoods because it raises the rents.

    How is that any different than a white person saying we dont want black people moving into white neighborhoods because it lowers there property values ?

    Your right about 1 thing though. Newsome did NOT say white people are ”recessive genetic defects”. It was the co-founder of the BLM Yursra Khogali, she also mused that the Causation race should be wiped out .

  22. DAN BAKER – To lump members of a peaceful movement of millions with rioters (who’ve stopped rioting) is akin to lumping Republicans with the KKK (who continue to be racists). Also Yusra Khogali is a Canadian. Does this mean it’s fair game for people on the left to dredge up quotes by foreign neo-Nazis to tar American nationalists ?

  23. ANTHONY – That is so very nice of them to stop rioting. Go tell that to the people they looted and killed . Tell that to the shop owners who lost everything . Tell that to the children of the cops that have been killed . I’m certain they will feel better .

    Nazis ? – The Nazi party were socialist and I want nothing from a Nazi or an ANTIFA socialist .

    Do you know what a Nationalist is ? It is a person who loves and takes pride in there country. Nationalist don’t care what color you are or what God you worship. A Nationalist loves and will fight for his countrymen . What is wrong with loving your country ? We happen to live in the greatest country on the face of the planet and I will not be ashamed of that . If you are ashamed of your country I feel sorry for you . You live in greatest country there ever was and you cant see that because your vision is clouded with hate and bigotry .

    It is infinitely easier to be a destroyer than a builder . Any child can destroy . It takes strength , perseverance and cooperation to build . What are you going to be ? I will always build . I want the best for every American . We will never get that by burning and looting , beating strangers or screaming the most vial garbage in each others faces . Build with me , don’t hate at me .

  24. I was very saddened to watch the video of the two middle aged white people painting over the sign. They had anger in them, and I think they simply DO NOT UNDERSTAND the movement – certainly not in the way I understand it, another middle aged white person.

    I really really wish there could be a way to convey the narrative in a way that makes it more clear, less threatening (as I think Anderson and Nelson are also very fearful, too). What are they afraid of ??? This is where a great story teller like Steven Spielberg could be put to such good use.

    The movement is about black people being killed, arrested, jailed, and fined at a higher clip than white people. That’s worth fixing ! But I’ve worked in the world of finance and so I also looked at economics and opportunity. The statistics on all these fronts are appalling. Take a look, and hopefully everyone can agree that we can do better to create a better society.


  25. Ok so we are talking about simple vandalism. But out come the “white trash” and “Karens”. It is very sad what we are becoming when it comes to debating thoughts. You do not have to agree with the form of civil disobedience, but it does not make it Hate. I do not know this couple at all, however being against the BLM organization does not make a person racist it just does not. When black americans question a movement that is about them, maybe we should pause.

  26. Whatever happened to civility and discourse? Why are we all running around in fear and anger? I am sad for all my neighbors here in Martinez and throughout our country. Seems like no one knows what American values are and what makes a peaceful and prosperous nation anymore. It’s building a community together. All I see now is frustration and outrage. If we don’t wake up soon, we will lose what is most important to us, each other.

  27. When we all stop seeing color, then and only then, will we be truly equal! Each human being needs to be judged solely on their actions and behavior. I always taught my children to take one person at a time. If they are kind, good, and just… befriend them and if they are not… walk away.

  28. DAN BAKER – The Nazi party was not socialist, that was a deflection tactic; they were far right. Considering you don’t know that basic history I’m not gonna waste my time explaining Nationalism but you ought to read more, and read wisely. You are channeling tRump so thoroughly you could be Rich Little. Google who he is, I’m not going to explain that either. We still have schools in this area, right? Your ignorance is staggering.

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