Numerous people in a Detroit neighborhood are shocked and offended by graffiti depicting an angel holding a cop at gunpoint with his hands up in the air.
The image was painted on the wall of the Youthville Building at Plymouth Educational Center on Woodward, right across the street from a police precinct.
Assistant Detroit police chief Steve Dolunt was particularly disturbed by the painting, questioning the message the artist was trying to get across.
“I don’t believe looking at the painting that God would give an angel a gun to shoot a police officer,” Dolunt told WJBK-TV. “I Think God gives angels to police officers to try and protect them.
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“I don’t think you could walk 24 hours in my shoes, let alone my officers,” Dolunt added, as a message to the artist.
Officials learned of the image on Tuesday and quickly painted over it. The inspiration behind the graffiti is likely to be related to the recent deaths of Michael Brown in Missouri and Eric Garner in New York City.
This painting also comes in wake of the deaths of New York police officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, who were fatally shot by 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley as an act of revenge for Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
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Building facilities director Roger Simmons told WJBK that he was “horrified” by the painting and is checking surveillance video in hopes of identifying the culprit.
“We will review the footage and we will present whatever we have to the Detroit Police Department,” Simmons said. “And we will expect to prosecute whoever we find was responsible for this act.”
Dolunt continued to voice his frustrations over the image. “Thirty-six times in the last 29 and a half years an angel wasn’t there to help us,” he added. “So I’m disheartened, dismayed, but I think we’ll get through this.”