Disturbing graffiti threatening violence against the New York Police Department was discovered in Queens on Monday.
The graffiti, found in the basement of a building at the Pomonok Houses on Parsons Boulevard, reads, “PSA-9 'n' 107 Pct R Next to Die,” according to DNAinfo.
The message refers to Police Service Area 9, a unit that serves the Pomonok Houses, a housing project in the 107th Precinct in Queens.
The spray painted message comes amid increased tensions between police and the public in the wake of the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases and the events that followed, Complex.com notes.
On Dec. 20, Detectives Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were fatally shot while sitting in their patrol car. This past Christmas Eve, police in Mount Vernon, New York, arrested a man for threatening the lives of police on Facebook and Instagram, according to the New York Post. And on Monday evening, two plainclothes cops were shot while responding to a robbery in the Bronx.
DNAinfo reports that it’s unclear if the NYPD is investigating the graffiti as a threat, but their sources say the department’s Citywide Vandals Task Force is handling the case.