GARNER, N.C. (WNCN)- The Garner, N.C. Police Department has already raised more than $2,800 to fix a defaced mural at the newly constructed police station on 7th Avenue.
The building is in the finishing stages with police planning to move in soon.
A new mural was painted outside, but on Friday it was defaced with this message: “Kill A Cop, Save A Child.”
On Sunday, as news spread about the incident, the police chief was livid about the incident.
“A hate crime in my opinion; it must stop,” said Chief Brandon Zuidema.
“Disgusting act with absolutely no justification or reason,” Zuidema also Tweeted.
“That someone would choose not only to deface a mural that’s intended to be a community asset, but would deface it with the words ‘Kill A Cop’ on it, makes me sick,” said Zuidema.
A local artist spent hundreds of hours working on the mural in the 900 block of 7th Avenue in Garner.
“Hurtful, it was really hurtful for me to watch that happen to those officers. At first I was kind of mad that it happened to me. And then I realized it had nothing to do with me at all,” said the artist of the mural, Vincent Wood.
Garner Police are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the individual(s) responsible for defacing the mural.
“To the vandal that tagged our mural…I am gonna make it better than it was gonna be. You can’t beat me, chump, I am from Garner,” he wrote.
A GoFundMe page was set up to collected money to help fix the mural. As of 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Garner Police Department has raised $2,825.
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