CHESTER, Pa. - A Pennsylvania man who was tired of driving past an anti-police graffiti tag on a wall, painted over it and replaced it with a much happier message.
Landscaper and high school basketball coach Pat McCusker was sick and tired of seeing words of hate scrawled on a highway he traveled, and took action.
“When I drove by on Monday I kind of saw it and was kind of shocked it would even be up there,” McCusker said. The graffiti tag “cop killen season” was still there when he drove by again later in the week and decided it had hung there long enough.
“I ran home and grabbed some paint. I had time to think and I wanted to respond with my own message. Little bit more lighthearted,” McCusker, said.
He wiped out the hateful words that were plastered in red on an underpass beneath Interstate 95 in Chester, Pa. and now, he's gaining a lot of attention for his actions both in the community and on the Web.
McCusker recorded painting over the anti-cop graffiti and the video he’s shared of his efforts has traveled at light speed on the information superhighway, and gone viral with over 80 thousand likes in less than a day. “I've had messages from Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York saying thank you from police officers and I think that's a big deal people should stand up for them more they stand up for us.”
Now snow men peer out from the concrete, and someone else even posted a message of support.
City of Chester John Linder said, “It's a reflection of the climate in the country. We know this type of feeling exists in many areas.” However, the city encourages public dialogue with people unhappy with police...threats are not tolerated.