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July 25, 2017

Police find 'Kill a cop' graffiti in South Philly. Again.

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For the second time in a month, Philadelphia police are reportedly investigating graffiti that suggests people should "kill a cop."

Officers are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest of whoever spray-painted the messages on three concrete pillars in South Philadelphia, according to an Associated Press report.

The messages were found around 5 p.m. Monday on 25th and Tasker streets in Point Breeze, according to police. They reportedly read, "Kill a Cop Save a Life," and some depicted Molotov cocktails.

No arrests have been made.

The police department found similar spray-painted messages last month. One also read "Kill a cop, Save a life" while another read "It is right to rebel" next to a stenciled image of a Molotov cocktail along the 2100 block of Bouvier Street.

Police reportedly believe the same people are responsible and assume juveniles are involved. 

Still, the department notified Homeland Security officials because the graffiti made threats against law enforcement, according to AP. A police department spokesman could not confirm Tuesday whether Homeland Security is involved.

Overnight Tuesday, two men got stuck and had to be rescued around 1 a.m. after climbing the Ben Franklin Bridge. While it was initially reported that the two were trying to spray-paint the bridge, multiple outlets later reported that police had actually rescued – and then arrested – two photographers who climb high rises and bridges to capture high-angle photos as a hobby.