The headquarters of a Sacramento, CA, law firm known for representing police officers in use-of-force cases was spray-painted with anti-police graffiti after it lowered a “Blue Lives Matter” flag to half-staff in honor of a New York City police officer killed in the line of duty, the firm said Wednesday.
David Mastagni, the founder and managing partner at Mastagni Holstedt, said he arrived at work shortly before 9 a.m. to find a two-word epithet cursing police spray-painted in red across the building’s front window.
The firm, which represents a number of large police unions in California and also provides legal services to individual officers involved in use-of-force cases, had lowered a Blue Lives Matter flag outside its offices to half-staff in recent days after the shooting death of NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia.
Mastagni said people have visited the firm before to ask him about the flag, but he could not remember another vandalism incident.
“I’ve had a number of citizens come by and engage in civil dialogue about why I have a Blue Lives Matter flag, and I just say to them, because law enforcement represents the thin, blue line between anarchy and the rule of law, and that cops protect everybody’s rights,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “For the most part, everybody is accepting of that.”