there is NO EVIDENCE linking the accused to this so-called "crime"... and it's not fair to be dropping somebody's name into a story like this without any kind of case built on evidence!! even more curious, is why other vandals/graffiti artists who have ALSO applied their work to the VERY SAME BUILDING have not been pursued with the same vigor (look on the west facing side of the anasazi building to see evidence where other graffiti has already been cleaned up). Why is the city so overly concerned with the street art that people actually appreciate? if only they went after people who actually cause physical harm to others with same willingness as they have to somebody, who has done nothing more than apply colorful paint to a surface. Darren White said on the news that it'll cost a lot to clean up and can be a dangerous task because of it's location, but why isn't leaving it there an option? (it is an option right?) if it isn't, then why not? i've yet to hear a logical response to this question.
people fear that which they don't understand. i guess they figure if they put the clamps down on somebody like Ernest Doty, (a well known artist who gets paid by many property owners throughout the city to beautify their walls, as well as selling his art in multiple galleries throughout town), that this'll send a message to kids who Doty inspires (and believe me there are many). Ernest Doty is a principled human being, known for his healthy lifestyle, doesn't consume alcohol, gives generously to those in need, and inspires those around him with his creativity and strong work ethic. he's always out there, hustling to make his living as an artist and pursuing that which he is passionate about. society needs to reward people like that, not condemn them. the city (whoever that's supposed to be) may not understand or appreciate graffiti style murals, but that's not a good reason to treat somebody who does that kind of art like a malicious hooligan, especially when the exact opposite is the case. time to re-examine our values and question what is truly important in our society. and for chrissakes, stop accusing innocent people of crimes they haven't been convicted! the responsibility of a journalist (even one from a entertainment rag like the alibi) is to report facts and NOT corroborate the false speculations from a poorly conducted investigation done by a highly incompetent police force. such accusations can be damaging to one's career/life, and the idea of imposing that kind of fate on another person, especially without evidence, is flat out wrong in so many ways. and if dare say so, far worse than the "crime" of which he is accused
besides, accusing/locking up the wrong person will NEVER stop the actual person(s) from continuing to to drip rainbow paint down the sides of buildings. people who act defiantly against a system that opposes their freedom to express themselves, will only be fueled by the injustice they see, not deterred!
to Darren White, you won't achieve an obedient/submissive society by calling people "knuckleheads" or resorting to unproven claims like "nobody likes it, except the person who did it" ...want some respect? how about showing some first! we don't all see things the same way, any reasonable person knows that much. being ignorant to the diversity that exists amongst us is no way to run a society. to me, the rainbows represent that diversity, it is something to embrace, it is something to celebrate. if you don't like it, that is your right too. however, just because one doesn't understand or appreciate certain forms of art, doesn't mean it has no value.