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Mural defaced at Garner Police Department headquarters

Posted October 18, 2015
Updated October 19, 2015

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— A mural in progress at the new Garner Police Department headquarters was found vandalized Friday morning with the words "kill a cop, save a child."

Vandals used white spray paint to write on what was supposed to be an artistic addition to the new building.

Garner Police Chief Brandon Zuidema said it is hard to hide the anger or disgust.

"That someone would choose to not only deface a mural that is intended to be a community asset, but would deface it with the words kill a cop on it - it makes me sick," he said.

The mural artist, Vincent Wood discovered the vandalism when he arrived to work late last week.

"To get perspective, you step back and look at everything that you have done, and that's when I stepped back and I pulled the tarp back and I was like, 'Oh wow,'" Wood said.

Wood said he had been working on the mural for six weeks, but it is not the time lost that bothers him the most - it was having to tell the officers.

"You can't remove the memory of an officer in blue looking at the words that we looked at," Wood said.

Zuidema said he considers the vandalism a threat.

"No police officer has done anything anywhere to deserve to have a threat made against them," he said. "I consider this to be a hate crime."

The mural is a combination of various images and will serve as a tribute to the Garner community.

Wood said he will begin the mural again and that this vandalism motivates him to make the mural better.

"This is my town. I mean, I have painted murals all over the country," he said. "The last place you're going to defeat me is in my home town."

Zuidema does not believe that this act was intended to spark conversation, but said his door is open is a community member is displeased with how officers are policing the community.

The Garner Police Department has offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case.

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  • Tom Laurence Oct 19, 2015
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    Hope the person(s) responsible for this are caught and prosecuted. Like ALL lives, Police Lives Matter too! May God bless and keep safe ALL Law Enforcement Officers.

  • K Hope Capps Oct 19, 2015
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    This is the truth. What a terrible philosophy to live by. Lives matter - all lives.

  • Libby Lynn Oct 19, 2015
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    "No police officer has done anything anywhere to deserve to have a threat made against them," he said. "I consider this to be a hate crime." Umm......maybe say "anywhere in Garner,"

  • James Robbins Oct 19, 2015
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    The UK has cameras everywhere. I think it's time for the US to follow suit.

  • Marcy Lyn Oct 19, 2015
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    Hope they get the person(s) responsible. Twisted mentality

  • Nancy Turner Oct 19, 2015
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    WOW, what a messed up world we live in! It is wrong on so many levels. Hope they catch the sorry excuse for a human being and let everyone know who he or she is. This is a disgrace and slap in the face to our entire town!

  • Arthur Raleigh Oct 19, 2015
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    This is why we can't have nice things!

  • Tommy Frieda Holloman Oct 19, 2015
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    Sure wouldn't want to be this person when they get caught...