St. Louis Police Chief: Vandals aren’t “Bringing any Solutions” following 3rd case of billboard vandalism

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The anti-police abbreviation “FTP” can be found on the latest billboard to be defaced in the city of St. Louis.

The incident marks the third time in a month that someone has vandalized a pro-police sign.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said his department is investigating this latest case, which happened at Morganford and Neosho in south St. Louis.

Dotson said it is unclear who is responsible, but he calls the anti-police message counter-productive.

"He's not bringing any solutions. Not bringing forth any suggestions for change,” he said. “I wouldn't resort to graffiti. That's not going to solve a problem."

Dotson said he is proud of recent outreach efforts and partnerships that have taken in place, in light of the events in Ferguson. He said police have made a concerted effort to create a community dialogue.

"Over the last year, year and a half, the conversation has gotten a lot louder about what law enforcement can do to be better. And we've said, 'Yes. We can be better and we want to change.'

But looking around in the darkness of night with a spray paint can doesn't cause any really change,” he said.

The local organization, St. Louis Area Support our LEO (Law Enforcement Officers) Group began the billboard campaign in October. It plans to continue installing the pro-law enforcement signs in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Dotson said the vandalism is a property crime. However, he said he won’t allow the incidents to distract his officers.

"I'm not going to stake out every billboard. What I'm going to do is focus on reducing crime. Changing our neighborhoods. Making our city safer."

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