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Thin blue lines painted on BLM street mural, downtown Tucson

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TUCSON (KVOA) - In June, a "Black Lives Matter" mural was painted on the street in downtown Tucson, along Stone Avenue.

A couple of months ago, an organization wanted to paint a thin blue line in front of Tucson Police Department Headquarters but Mayor Regina Romero shut that down.

Since then, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding both topics, and that continues today.

From the sidewalk and even driving in your car, you cannot really see it, but if you look very closely, two thin blue lines have been painted across the words "Black Lives."

News 4 Tucson received a tip and contacted several people including the Tucson Police Department, Mayor Romero and City Manager Michael Ortega. No one had any idea the lines were there.

"This is a unique time in our nation and our community in regards to race relations and policing. So that is not lost on me. So what I will do is review this with staff, take a look at what options there are and I will make a decision on what this looks like going forward," said Ortega.

Tucson Mayor Regina Romero also spoke out about the situation. She sent a statement to News 4 Tucson.

"During this time of social unrest, we have to come together as Tucsonans. We have to face the issues that divide us and move forward as a strong and unified community."

Mr. Ortega said decisions will be made shortly and he will notify News 4 Tucson.

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