A Florida police squad car was firebombed early Sunday morning and a note left at the crime scene attributed the act to the group Black Lives Matter.
The squad car was firebombed outside the Islamic Center in Daytona Beach, reports the Daytona Beach News Journal. Daytona Police Chief Mike Chitwood said the firebombing took place around 2 a.m. Sunday morning.
At the scene, the police found a note potentially linking the crime to Black Lives Matter. “Black Lives Matter A. Sterling P. Castile (Expletive removed) the police,” the note read.
Five fire crews came to the scene to put out the fire.
According to the police, the damage to the police car cost more that $20,000. Chitwood said he believed that a Molotov cocktail was used to set the car on fire. No one was injured as the car was being used as a “ghost car” to help prevent more crime in the area.
The car was placed outside the mosque after the Orlando to protect it against any potential backlash, Chitwood said.
Though the note links the crime to Black Lives Matter, Chitwood said that police are not entirely sure the group was behind it. Police are reviewing surveillance tapes from the area. As of now, the police do not have any suspects or persons of interest.
Whoever committed the crime would more than likely face arson charges and damage to a police vehicle.
“I really do believe in my heart of hearts that we have a really great rapport with our community overall. They know that if there’s a problem, they can come and talk to us. But there is a radical, small percentage that I think is trying to drive a wedge between all of us,” Chitwood told the Daytona Beach News Journal.
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