Fake street signs have been popping up in the Twin Cities — warning people of “easily started” cops — following the fatal shooting of an Australian bride-to-be by a Minneapolis police officer.
At least two signs were spotted over the weekend, one of which was still standing on Sunday night, according to the Star-Tribune.
“WARNING: TWIN CITIES POLICE EASILY STARTLED,” the official-looking signs read.
To drive the point even further, they each featured an image of a cop — wildly shooting a pair of pistols in each direction.
One of the signs was photographed in St. Paul and the other was reported in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, the Star-Tribune reports.
The sign in St. Paul was later removed after pictures of it began circulating on social media.
“There’s a side of truth to the sign,” local resident Joe Morino explained after taking a picture of the one in Minneapolis.
“That tells you there is something wrong with the system.”
The signs appear to be a direct reference to the July 15 killing of Justine Damond at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor.
The cop’s partner, Matthew Harrity, told investigators that they were both “startled” by a loud sound just before the shooting occurred.
Damond — who called 911 that night to report a possible sexual assault unfolding in the alley behind her house — had been trying to speak with the officers through the driver-side window when Noor began blasting and shot her from the passenger seat.
“I think it’s great that it’s getting attention,” resident Derek Traxler told the Star-Tribune of the signs blasting cops.
A photo showing the St. Paul sign, which was shared on Reddit, had garnered more than 700,000 views as of Monday afternoon after landing on the website’s front page.
It is unclear who is setting up the signs, and police said they were initially unaware of their existence.
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