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Atlanta Police Investigate Racial Elmer Fudd Graffiti

This depiction of Elmer Fudd was painted on the garage of a building in Atlanta. The building's facilities manager said staff first saw the graffiti Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. The graffiti has since been painted over. (Atlanta Police Department via WXIA-TV, Atlanta)
This depiction of Elmer Fudd was painted on the garage of a building in Atlanta. The building’s facilities manager said staff first saw the graffiti Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. The graffiti has since been painted over. (Atlanta Police Department via WXIA-TV, Atlanta)

ATLANTA (USA Today) — Atlanta police are investigating controversial graffiti that was left on a side of a city building.

In the graffiti, cartoon character Elmer Fudd is wearing a police uniform instead of his usual hunting outfit. He is holding a shotgun with the words “Negro Season” on a sign behind him. The image, which included the tag name MAES, was painted on the garage of a building on West Peachtree Street.

The building’s facilities manager told police that staff first saw the graffiti Saturday. By Monday, the image had been painted over. Officials are checking the building’s surveillance camera.

“I think it’s offensive to anyone. It’s sickening,” said Atlanta police Sgt. Greg Lyon. “I don’t think of Atlanta as that type of city.”

According to a police incident report, the graffiti popped up sometime overnight Friday and stayed up all weekend long.

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