LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — The Louisville Metro Police Department is investigating graphic, anti-police graffiti appearing in Louisville's Tyler Park.

"Kill cops" and "**** the mayor" were found written on the tennis courts at Tyler Park and on two garages near the Mid City Mall and Barrett Avenue.

"It’s really an unfortunate situation because we’re really a welcoming and inclusive neighborhood here. The neighborhood has put a lot of work into the renovation of this park," said Tyler Park Neighborhood President Shawn Reilly.  "It’s just really sad for the neighborhood to see somebody do something like this."

Police believe the graffiti appeared overnight and "may involve the same individual(s)," an LMPD spokesperson told WDRB News.

"What happened is extremely disappointing," Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation Assistant Director Margaret Brosko said. "This is unacceptable."

Crews with the parks department spent part of the afternoon cleaning up the graffiti while police search for those responsible. It will cost "thousands of dollars" for the graffiti removal process. 

"When I heard about the graffiti this morning, I ran right out and threw down beach towels until a better solution arrived," Louisville Metro Councilman Brandon Coan, who represents District 8, said Saturday in a tweet. "The city’s *Margaret Brosko* has been on site ever since - all day - and gone above & beyond the call of duty to see this issue through. Thank you, Margaret!"

Similar graffiti reading "Kill cops" appeared on the courts in November 2019. 

Some of the pathway lighting near the tennis courts are not working due to construction which made that part of the park darker than usual, according to Reilly. The parks department plans on adding cameras once construction is complete.

Anyone with information is asked to call LMPD's Crime Tip Hotline at (502) 574-LMPD (5673). You can remain anonymous when you call.

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