The police chief of Canada’s second-safest city was disappointed but not overly concerned to learn the phrase “kill cops” was spray-painted in Oak Bay.
Disappointed to see any graffiti but just saw 'Kill Cops' in #OakBay. Kill us?😒No suspects but here's my guess at a suspect profile: A privileged twerp who has no respect for public property & would be the first to call us for help if he was scared…which likely happens a lot. pic.twitter.com/1mESVj4crn
— Oak Bay Police (@OakBayPolice) September 18, 2020
Oak Bay Police Department posted about the incident and the defamatory words on its Twitter account on Friday.
Oak Bay Parks was contacted and immediately went to remove the graffiti.
“Disappointed to see any graffiti but just saw ‘Kill Cops’ in #OakBay. Kill us? No suspects…” said the tweet.
“There were a couple locations with new graffiti including Bowker Creek area and near the beach off Cavendish [Avenue],” said Oak Bay Police Chief Ray Bernoties. “A criminal painted ‘Kill Police’ among other things.”
Bernoties has dealt with this sort of rhetoric for decades, he said.
“When I think of the incredible women and men of this department, it really disgusts me that someone would write that,” Bernoties said.
“I believe if you support anything that symbolizes hatred of a group of people, you are supporting others to do the same,” Bernoties said. “That should concern everyone.”
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