Graffiti throughout Minneapolis calls for murdering police

Minneapolis had 9,662 instances of graffiti in 2020, up from 8,300 in 2019.

A Minneapolis bus stop is spray-painted with the words "kill cops." (Crime Watch Minneapolis/Twitter)

Graffiti spotted throughout the city of Minneapolis explicitly calls for the murder of police officers.

One public bench was spray-painted with the words, “Save lives, kill cops.” A sign outside Black Coffee and Waffle Bar has a depiction of a dead pig, according to Crime Watch Minneapolis, who has been tracking the rise in extremist graffiti.

“The amount of graffiti across Minneapolis (and other areas) has spiraled out of control since the 2020 riots. It’s not benign. It’s not art. Much of it is part of a larger tactic to alter perceptions and place financial and resource burdens on the city/county/state for removal,” Crime Watch explains.


One follower said they manage a business in Minneapolis and it “gets tagged almost daily.”

“I live in [Northeast Minneapolis] and call 311 frequently to report graffiti. They usually clean it up. But it is a very severe problem in this city,” another said.

One user said she saw the words “kill pigs” spray-painted on a police station last week. The Minneapolis Police Department’s Fifth Precinct was tagged with phrases like “shoot back” and “looks good on fire” during an Antifa march last month.

According to city data, Minneapolis had 9,662 instances of graffiti in 2020, up from 8,300 in 2019. The city reported 8,685 instances through October of last year. April 2021 was one of the worst years on record with 1,359 reports of graffiti.

Meanwhile, the Minneapolis Police Department has lost more than half of its patrol officers, whose ranks are down to 268, spread across five precincts and three shifts.