Property owner, city at odds over police memorial mural

07/18/17 10:00 AM | by

police mural

police mural

A Dallas business owner is expressing frustration after he was issued a citation by the city over a police memorial outside of his downtown business.

City officials said the memorial violated city code and must either be taken down or modified. Officials noted safety concerns over the mural, which is painted on an 8-foot metal fence and pays tribute to the five officers killed in an ambush attack on July 7, 2016, because it blocks visibility at the intersection.

In order to stay standing, Cesar Rodriguez, who runs the Last Call Lounge where the memorial is located, had to obtain a permit from the city, but was also required to move it back three feet, at a cost of more than $2,000 on top of the initial $15,000 it cost to construct. Rodriguez applied for the permit and moved the memorial, but was left frustrated by the experience.

“I’m frustrated because we tried to do something for the police department. We tried to make the neighborhood look a little bit better,” Rodriguez said. “We feel a little bit sad that we’re doing all this for our city and they don’t see or appreciate that.”

Although Rodriguez paid to have the memorial moved, it has yet to be inspected, so it’s unclear if it now complies with the city code.

[ Associated Press ]

Latest Reviews

  • hiking guns

    Four Great Handguns for Your Hiking Needs (VIDEO)

    It can be hard to choose a good gun for hiking but that’s why is here. We’ve dip into...

    Read Now
  • plinker's paradise

    Plinker’s Paradise: How to Achieve Rimfire Heaven on the Range (VIDEO)

    With just a little preparation, it’s easy to elevate just another day on the range to a plinker's paradise nobody...

    Read Now
  • tactical plinkers

    Four Great Tactical Plinkers for Your .22 LR Consideration (VIDEO)

    "Tactical” and “plinker” often don’t come together and yet there are a growing number of companies who offer full-sized versions...

    Read Now
  • Walther P22

    A Plinker for Beginners: The Walther P22 (VIDEO)

    The Walther P22 fit what I was looking for early in my gun journey: a compact pistol that was easy...

    Read Now