Hateful graffiti directed toward police found in Astoria

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Anti-police messages like this one were found in Astoria. (Photo: Joe Mauceri)

Anti-police messages like this one were found in Astoria. (Photo: Joe Mauceri)

ASTORIA, Queen (PIX11)– Hateful graffiti targeting police officers has been scrawled in multiple spots in a Queens neighborhood.

There are plenty of graffiti signs on store fronts  in Astoria, but the ones scrawled on phone booths are especially eye-catching.

These aren’t just hateful, they’re threatening to police officers. One message reads, “Become a hero?! shoot a cop.”

Another says “Good Cop = Dead Cop” and other expletives.

Passersby found the graffiti on two phone booths on 36th Avenue Thursday morning.

All of the messages that PIX11 News found are located near the 36th Avenue N and Q train stop.

Residents said regardless of who the language is targeting, hateful messages are not welcome in their neighborhood.