OLYMPIA, Wash. - Surveillance video shows about 30 people walking through Olympia Sunday night, some firing roman candles at police headquarters during an anti-police march.
Several carried signs calling for violence against officers, one them reading, “peace is another word for death give violence a chance." The demonstrators also left behind a trail of graffiti on walls of businesses, much of it using expletives and some of it reading “kill cops."
Sherburne Antiques owner Jerry Cook painted over anti-police graffiti on the wall outside his antique store in downtown Olympia on Monday after someone spray-painted slogans on it.
“This isn’t right, not even for Olympia,” said Cook. “I mean, give me a break.”
A woman visiting the city from Austin, Texas, who only gave her first name, Veronica, expressed shock at the expletive-laden calls for killing police.
“I think it’s terrible. And look what they did over here. It’s awful, it’s not right. The cops are here to protect us,” she said.
Olympia police have been the target of demonstrations several times since the May 2015 shootings of two men accused of attacking an officer with a skateboard. Their trial is still underway. The officer was not charged.
Even before that incident, the city's downtown was peppered with graffiti threatening violence against officers in January 2015.
Cook says the demonstrations and graffiti are more than just a nuisance, they hurt businesses trying to survive in the city's historic district.
“This is another black eye for downtown,” said Cook. “There’s a whole load of locals around here who are just going to say, well that’s another reason for me not to go downtown.”
Police said no arrests in connection with the graffiti have been made.
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