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Anti-police messages scrawled in chalk outside Denver courthouse, left untouched for most of the day

Firefighters took action after Denver7 news story
Posted: 10:41 PM, Aug 01, 2016
Updated: 2016-08-02 00:41:42-04

DENVER, Colo. -- Anti-police messages written outside the Denver courthouse were left untouched for the majority of the day on Monday.

"I thought it was really rude and disrespectful," said Victoria Parra, who noticed the words while walking into the court building.

A series of chalk messages outside the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse expressed discontent with law enforcement. Several drawings included a barrel of a gun with curse words directed toward police. One message appeared to suggest shooting an officer as a way to deal with "bad cops."

"Police officers that go there and testify they were mortified, they could not understand how that was left there," said Nick Rogers, President of the Denver Police Protective Association.

Denver7 asked Mayor Michael Hancock's Office and the Department of Public Works about the messages, but both were unaware. DPW officials made some phone calls and said they would try to have someone clean up the hateful words Tuesday morning.

But the Denver Fire Department, and a random woman with a bucket, took matters into their own hands. A firefighter confirms they washed the writing off after a fellow firefighter saw a report about it on the news.

Rogers says he would like to personally thank the woman who showed up with a bucket.

"I thank the fire department and the woman who came forward to wash it off on her own, again I wish you would come forward call the Police Protective Association tell me who you are I want to give you a big hug," said Rogers.

A spokesperson for Denver Police said the incident had not been reported. He added because it's chalk and can be easily removed the case would be difficult to prosecute.

No word on the person or group behind the messages.