Vandals burned what appeared to be an American flag and left graffiti on the walls of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Van Nuys Community Police Station Saturday morning.
Video from the scene showed a variety of anti-police slogans spray- painted on the lower level of the police station, nearby flag poles and an elevator door.
The graffiti read, among other things, “Y’all gonna lose pigs,” “Die pigs” and “more dead cops.”
A piece of a burned flag was left on a bench outside the LAPD’s Valley headquarters, located at 6240 Sylmar Ave.
Around midnight, officers were stationed in the intersections of Delano Street and Tyrone Avenue and Delano Street and Sylmar Avenue, but no protesters were seen in the area. By 12:30 a.m., officers had cleared the intersections.
A witness told a news photographer at the scene a group of about 50 protesters were outside the police station late Friday night.
Police did not comment officially on the incident. But the Los Angeles Police Protective League Board of Directors issued a statement saying, “Last night’s defund the police riot at the Van Nuys police station is a pathetic reflection of those who continue to promote hate, violence and destruction to justify their dangerous anarchist agenda that calls for the abolishment of police officers in the city of Los Angeles.”
The directors added, “If Angelenos want to see more of this mayhem, more of our city overtaken by criminals hell-bent on destroying our city, then keep electing politicians like Councilmember Mike Bonin and his ilk who invite and celebrate this craven criminal behavior. For Angelenos who want to improve policing in Los Angeles and our country, we urge you to sign our petition at www.InvestInPolicing.com.”