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A graffiti artist who was commissioned by the city of Detroit, Mich., was arrested on Wednesday by police officers who thought he was committing an act of vandalism.
Sheefy McFly, 29, was the painting of a mural on a viaduct in the city, in the north-east side as part of a multi-year battle against illegal graffiti is, when several police cars arrived on site.
McFly, whose real name is Tashif Turner, and is his city-issued permit on him, according to the Detroit Free Press.
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McFly said that he had tried to explain the situation, and as a city official, and even coming face to face with him, but the police said they did not want to budge. Nicole Kirkwood, a spokesman for the Detroit Police department, said officers felt and Got was to work with.
Most of the graffiti artist, and was eventually arrested on suspicion of defiance and lead to a warrant for an old ticket.
“It is a contradiction in terms — in order to have something to do with the city, and it is found by the city, and” Got told the outlet on Friday. “They’re treating me like a criminal, even though I was in command of the city, in order to do so.”
Got, he said he was detained for about 24 hours before he was to be released. He also said that he is scheduled to appear in court on July 3 for a parking ticket warrant.
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Got a contract with the city, as a part of the Walls of the city program, in the amount of $10,000, required him to paint 10 murals, the first of which was that he was arrested for it. The board, which oversees the program, told the Free Press that the situation was a misunderstanding.
“That’s when we’re doing the wall painting, and we have a police lieutenant, and we are working to make sure that the surrounding area be aware of the fact that it is a city-sponsored program, and the artists have to allow it,” Brad said Dick. “Unfortunately, some of any of the officers, who were not connected to the nearby area drove by and saw him, and thought that it was an inappropriate action. She went to stand in front of him, and he had his license with him / her.”
As Dick said, other groups were also arrested by the police in the past, but they said that they have had their city-issued credentials with them as well. He said the program will also offer artists to carry identification lanyards when working on their paintings.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.