NY Police Group Roasted Online After Calling Graffiti “A True Sign of Decay”

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The backlash started after a video of a graffitied train car went viral.

On Monday night, the New York City Police Benevolent Association tweeted a video of a graffiti-covered subway car. “The 70s and 80s, now in living color on a subway platform near you,” the caption read. The organization continued, calling the graffiti a “true sign of decay, one that we worked so hard to eradicate decades ago.”

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New Yorkers and out-of-towners alike swarmed the account’s mentions, citing the millions of dollars spent on (often unnecessarily-armed) subway security. Others commended the taggers for their artistry, saying cars covered in corporate advertisements were the true sign of decay. At least one person tagged a few of the city’s notable museums, in hopes that one would intervene to keep the train in service. Questlove commented, calling the train “The Most Beautiful Thing Ever.”

The official MTA Subway account even made light of the tweet, commenting on a gif used in the tweet’s replies.

The PBA blamed the city’s transport authority, saying the taggers “had plenty of time to cover the train because they know there are no more consequences.” According to Spectrum News, the MTA says instances of graffiti are significantly lower now than in the past, and that the PBA’s tweet is a reflection of tensions between the union and city hall. The

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Despite the backlash, Spectrum News reports the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has taken the car out of service.

SOURCE: Spectrum News

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