- Associated Press - Friday, July 22, 2016

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) - Alarming graffiti that says “Kill Cops Not Trees” has shown up on the streets of Santa Cruz.

The San Jose Mercury News reports (https://bayareane.ws/2a1dgkl ) that about a dozen such stencils have been found in the city this week.

The city is asking residents to report the graffiti to the city’s graffiti abatement hotline.

Police are also looking for surveillance images and potential witnesses to the graffiti.

Police spokeswoman Joyce Blaschke says police do not consider it a credible threat.

The graffiti comes in the wake of police killings in Kansas City, Baton Rouge and Dallas this month. Two Santa Cruz officers were also killed in 2013.

Andrew Lenz, vice president of Lenz Arts in Santa Cruz, saw the “Kill Cops” stencil this week and made one with a similar design and a different message: “Love Cops And Trees,” the newspaper reported.

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Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, https://www.mercurynews.com

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