Detroit police arrest graffiti artist hired by city to create mural

A graffiti artist commissioned by the city of Detroit to create a mural was reportedly arrested by police while creating the artwork.

The Detroit Free Press reports local graffiti artist Sheefy McFly was arrested by two Detroit police officers last week after they thought he was vandalizing the city property he was creating the mural on.

ADVERTISEMENT

McFly, whose real name is Tashif Turner, told the news outlet he did not have his city-issued permit with him at the time of his arrest but communicated to the officers that he was commissioned to create the mural.

He said more officers arrived and a city official showed up to vouch for him but to no avail.

He was arrested for allegedly resisting arrest and obstructing police, Detroit Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Nicole Kirkwood told the news outlet.

Kirkwood said he was uncooperative at the time and had an outstanding warrant for an unpaid traffic ticket. She added that the resisting and obstructing charge is likely to be sent to the county prosecutor’s office for review.

“They treated me like a felon even though I was commissioned by the city to do this,” McFly told the Free Press.

McFly was reportedly held at the Detroit Detention Center for 24 hours before being released. He has a court date for the parking ticket warrant scheduled for July 3.

In the meantime, McFly is still debating on whether or not to finish the mural.

“I may go back next week, but I need some days to collect myself and figure out how I can be safe. I feel racially profiled and bullied,” he told the news outlet.