Chris Brown is asserting his constitutional rights -- and he's not pleading the Fifth.

Chris is firing back at L.A. officials who've demanded that he remove the graffiti from the front wall of his compound. The city says it's an "unpermitted" mural and is threatening to fine him. But Breezy has filed an appeal that says, "The murals are a reflection of [my] aesthetic taste and a reflection of free speech and expression protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution."

If the appeals board of L.A.'s Department of Building and Safety's shoots down Chris's argument, he can file his case in L.A. County Superior Court.