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Image on Marin Judge's Website Irks Law Enforcement Officials

Painting on Mark Talamantes' law firm site, which was pulled down last Thursday, depicts police officers wearing uniforms with words like "racist," "brutal beating" and "KKK" on them.

The phones and email accounts of law enforcement officers across Marin were abuzz last week as word spread of an image on the website of Mark Talamantes, the attorney who was appointed as a new Marin County Superior Court judge by Gov. Jerry Brown two weeks ago.

The image, which depicts two police officers overlooking a protest rally while wearing uniforms with words like "racist," "brutal beating" and "KKK" on them, drew the ire of a number of officers last week, with several forwarding the image to Patch but declining to comment because of Talamantes' new position. Many said the image presented a very unfortunate view of police officers by a person who is now a judge.

"This (image) is everywhere this week," said a board member of one local police officer association who declined to be named.

Talamantes, who was sworn into office Dec. 31, has taken down his firm's website for now and has apologized for the image, according to the Marin Independent Journal.

"I'm concerned that law enforcement might have the wrong impression," the 46-year-old Tiburon resident told the IJ. "I understand how people might be offended by that."

Talamantes told the paper that the painting, which was created by Los Angeles artist Jose Ramirez, does not represent his feelings about police, and that he chose it because of the work his firm does representing young Latinos and workers.

What do you think of the painting? Should Talamantes have taken it down?

Steve Adams January 09, 2013 at 07:30 AM
I don't have an axe to grind with this new judge from Tiburon, but I do mind the unkindness and reverse discrimination this painting implies. How many people would like to be a cop? Everybody is mad at you, you can't do much because the laws are against you and supportive of the criminal AND then you have some painting like this that is curel and intolerant. Very disappointed that we do have an intolertant judge now. I wouldn't call this art. I would like the new judge to apologize for his intolerance and ask for forgiveness from every Marin County Peace Officer.
Frank January 11, 2013 at 04:59 AM
I hate to say it but Marin County residents have no idea what cops are capable of living in the bubble of Marin County. I'm sure you mean well, but the law means nothing to LA cops.
Perry Tradesman January 11, 2013 at 09:39 AM
Right On Christine! I agree with you 100% Glad you have the courage to post your comment. Way to many left leaning folks in a position of Authority.
tony masi January 11, 2013 at 05:40 PM
Frank, we do not live in a bubble. We live in a community that is as unique as any other. Mark Talamantes was appointed a "Marin" County Superior Court judge. He should be more mindful of how he represents himself in the community he serves.
Rossvalleynativ3 January 13, 2013 at 03:32 AM
The cops in fairfax are like backwoods bullies from the south. Nothing like the rest of the county. I hope this judge has looks into them. They are corrupt, abusive and act totally outside the law. Used to be the same in San Rafael but they cleaned up that force. Hopefully fairfax gets cleaned up next.

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