PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - Only FOX 29 cameras were there as police combed block after block of 25th Street in South Philly Monday night after vandals spray painted anti-police graffiti up and down the busy city street.
FOX 29 was first on the scene after a tip from neighbors who complained about the anti-police language. Multiple stenciled and spray-painted slogans were tattooed on large concrete pilings that support the CSX freight line that runs through the South Philly neighborhood. Many of the graffiti postings advocated killing police officers, even using a molotov cocktail to inflict harm.
"People have a right to free speech and express themselves, but what you don't have a right to do is vandalize public or private property," Philadelphia Police Captain Kinebrew added.
Dashon Nichols lives right near by. He was disturbed by the spray-painted slogans left up and down the street.
"I think it's just kids. I think it is pretty disturbing, but this whole area down here is disturbing," he told FOX 29.
This is the second time a South Philly neighborhood has been vandalized by this type of anti-police graffiti. At the end of June, vandals struck near Passyunk Avenue.
Detectives and police did recover at least one can of spray paint and two stencils used to make the graffiti.
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"We certainly have a link between today's episode and what we saw at the end of June. Definitely a link there. ' Captain Kinebrew said.
Homeland Security will be notified. No suspects and no arrests in the earlier incident. The FOP is putting up a $5,000 reward.