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October 31, 2011
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'Shoot a cop' flyer surfaces in Ariz.

A disturbing flyer found at 'Occupy Phoenix' says cop killers are the 'good guys'

By PoliceOne Staff

PHOENIX, Ariz. — A flyer surfaced at 'Occupy Phoenix' that encourages the shooting of police officers, asking "When should you shoot a cop?"

A sheriff's deputy found the disturbing flyer at the Cesar Chavez Plaza and reported it to the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center, according to KPHO. Officials informed all local law enforcement agencies, who are investigating.

"Our investigation has begun, we're trying to determine who distributed those flyers. Who authored those," Bart Graves of the Arizona Department of Public Safety said.

Two 'Occupy' protesters claimed their group was not responsible, and they told TV reporters that the message doesn't help the movement's image.

Although officials say no credible threats against law enforcement have been uncovered, the flyer chillingly advocates for cop killers and elevates them to almost hero status, Conservative Byte reported.

"The next time you hear of a police officer being killed "’in the line of duty,’ take a moment to consider the very real possibility that maybe in that case, the ‘law enforcer’ was the bad guy and the ‘cop killer’ was the good guy," the flyer reportedly read.

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