Flyer welcomes everyone to community barbecue -- except police |
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ATLANTA (WXIA) – Homeowners in one metro Atlanta neighborhood are questioning Xeroxed flyers that are showing up, promoting a free barbecue this Saturday.
It’s what’s on the invite that has them talking.
The community garden at Hardee and Mayson is where, according to the flyer, the barbecue is supposedly going to take place – but that’s not all it says.
Stapled to power poles around the Edgewood community, the white flyers announce the barbecue, and welcome everyone – except the police. Not only that, they use a most explicit word to say so – one which we cannot use here.
“That’s scary,” said one neighbor. “It also has a bad word. The ‘F-word’ on it.”
The ‘F-word’ is directed at police. The flyer also has a drawing of hot dogs being roasted – over a burning Atlanta police car.
“That’s how we feel about the police,” said Sammy Watson. “Like, we don’t care about them.”
“Do you think this will promote people to hurt police?” asked 11Alive’s Duffie Dixon.
“Na,” said Deonte Gardner. “It won’t hurt them. It won’t promote them to hurt them. No.”
“It’s not a violent crime,” Watson said. “They just expressing how they feel right now. This is how they show they’re expression.”
But other neighbors worry what if it’s not just an expression of words and pictures.
“A little bit disturbing,” said Abby Selmecki. “It just seems very violent, like they’re getting together to support a cause which also supports violence.”
“Look at the police car on fire,” said Virginia Richards. “That’s very scary.”
Atlanta Police say they are aware of the flyers and say the APD’s Homeland Security unit is looking into it. No word on exactly who created the flyers and what their intent was with this.
None of the community members 11Alive News spoke with on Thursday afternoon was aware of a planned free barbecue for Saturday.