Police in a Bucks County town are challenging the person who posted a sign about violence against police to come and speak to them face-to-face.
Falls Township Police Lt. Henry Ward shared a photo of the sign on Monday evening. It reads "Only good cop is a dead cop."
The message was spray-painted on a piece of particleboard. Ward said it was discovered early Monday morning along Lincoln Highway near the Pennsbury Enterprises facility in the township.
"I know whoever did this did it out of ignorance," Ward said in an email about the sign. "I would like to sit down with them and show them what we do as police officers so they can base their opinion on facts and not ignorance."
Relations between police and communities nationwide have been especially strained in recent years as departments have come under increased scrutiny about the use of deadly force.
In nearby Philadelphia, former commissioner Charles Ramsey asked the Department of Justice to review police-involved shootings. Across the river in Camden, New Jersey, the department operates a community policing model to better partner with residents and improve interactions and trust.
Ward said he doesn't expect the sign maker to come forward because "they hung the sign in the middle of the night like a true coward."
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He added that anyone is entitled to share their opinion and that he hopes they will "prove him wrong" by coming to the police station for a discussion.