Most of the news today has been dominated by the most recent spate of cop killers–this time in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. But that wasn’t the only instance of anger and violence directed toward police today. In Daytona Beach, Florida, a police cruiser was set on fire early Sunday.
The car, which was not occupied at the time, was completely torched. Who would do such a thing? The arsonist hasn’t been caught yet, and there’s not much evidence left to go on, but there was a note left at the scene that made reference to the Black Lives Matter movement.
At least this protest didn’t end in loss of life. Not yet. The incident happened around 2:30 a.m. when the assailant hurled a Molotov cocktail at the car. Oddly enough, the car was parked outside of a mosque.
Investigators said the note also referenced the officer-involved shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile and included a derogatory remark aimed at police. The remark wasn’t even all that original, borrowing most of its message from a popular rap song with a similar theme that was released by N.W.A. in 1988.
The cop car had been left at the location as a “ghost car”–a visual distraction often used to slow down traffic or imply the presence of the police. It is uncertain if the flamer knew that the car was unoccupied at the time, or if he or she intended to also torch a cop.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office has been called to investigate.
The police are treating the matter seriously, and investigating it as arson. After the events in Baton Rouge and Dallas, these events seem even more serious.
They’re asking anyone who may have information that may lead to an arrest in the case to contact the Daytona Beach Police Department at (386) 671-5100