Fake Street Signs Warn Citizens Police Are ‘Easily Startled’

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An unknown vandal hung fake street signs in Minneapolis, Minn., warning citizens that local police officers are “easily startled” over the weekend.

The bright orange signs, first appearing over the weekend, read “WARNING: TWIN CITIES POLICE EASILY STARTLED” and show a police officer firing two guns in separate directions, reports the Star Tribune.

Two metal signs were spotted throughout the city before city workers took them down during the night.

“There’s a side of truth to the sign,” Joe Morin, who brought a friend to see the sign, said. “That tells you there is something wrong with the system.”

The signs seem to refer to the recent police killing of Justine Damond, an Australian woman fatally shot by Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor. He reportedly shot Damond, who called 911 twice to report a sexual assault happening outside her house, through the driver side window after hearing a loud noise. In an interview with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Noor’s partner said Noor had been “startled” by the noise coming from the opposite side of him. (RELATED: Father Demands Answers About Australian Woman’s Shooting)

“I think it’s great that it’s getting attention,” Derek Traxler, a local, said about the sign.

A spokesperson for the Minneapolis Police Department declined to comment on the presence of the signs in the city.

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