- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - Police in Medford say they have seen a big increase in reports of graffiti, which may stem from the shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, by a white police officer.

Police told the Mail Tribune (https://bit.ly/1AhvlSV ) that there were 104 reports of people tagging buildings, fences, parks, utility boxes and even cars in December, compared to 32 in November and 15 in October. Most identify local gangs, and carry a message of hatred for police.

Medford police spokesman Lt. Mike Budreau says few people have been speaking out locally about the Ferguson shooting, but investigators think the increase in graffiti is related.

He adds that he thinks the tagging will go down now that kids are back in school after the winter break.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, https://www.mailtribune.com/

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