“Defund and abolish” anti-police graffiti, as well as references to a 13-year-old Chicago boy who was shot and killed by police in late March, showed up in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood over the weekend. An anarchy symbol also was spray-painted on a plaque at the governor’s mansion.
Reports of graffiti started coming into the Denver Police Department on Sunday morning, and by the afternoon, Denver Police technician Tyrone Campbell said authorities knew of four locations, adding there may be more reports as people leave for work or return to offices on Monday.
Campbell said it wasn’t clear whether the graffiti was related to Saturday’s protests, which he noted spurred no arrests and no citations. One was held midday in downtown Denver and the other was at night in Cheesman Park.
The protests were to call attention to the deaths of 20-year-old Minnesota man Daunte Wright and 13-year-old Adam Toledo of Chicago, both of whom were shot and killed by police. The anti-police sentiments — including one reported by CBS4 that said “police make white people feel safe from minorities” — also come as the trial comes to a close for Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who knelt on the neck of George Floyd nearly a year ago, after which Floyd died.
The governor’s mansion had graffiti on a plaque, as well as “Defund Polis” spray-painted on the sidewalk in front of it and another anti-police slogan on a brick part of the fence surrounding the mansion.
Victoria Graham, a spokeswoman for Gov. Jared Polis, said in a statement to The Post that Polis “condemns any act of vandalism and is saddened that multiple private residences, including the Governor’s mansion, were vandalized.”
“The Governor encourages freedom of expression but through lawful means, and hopes that the perpetrators are found by the Denver Police Department and held accountable under the law,” Graham’s statement said.
Denver Post digital strategist Tynin Fries contributed to this report.
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