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An Asheville Fraternal of Police lodge was sprayed across with the message “Black Lives Matter” early Monday morning.

The incident comes weeks after a video surfaced of a former officer, Christopher Hickman beating a Black man accused of jaywalking in August.

The building was not only reportedly vandalized, the wires from the security cameras were cut out, the windows of the FOP van were smashed out, and the American Flag was turned upside down reported WLOS.

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(WLOS) Fraternal Order of Police Lodge in Asheville, NC

The camera footage despite its damage, shows a white suspect wearing a hoodie while tagging the lodge around 4 a.m. according to KTVQ.

The president of the Asheville Fraternal Order of Police, Rondell Lance, told WSPA that he was extremely upset by the vandalism because he has condemned the video of Hickman beating the Black male accused of jaywalking. Lance also doesn’t believe the tagging was done by an activist of Asheville’s BLM group, but someone trying to cause division in the community.

Hickman was arrested and charged with assault by strangulation, assault inflicting serious injury, and communicating threats to victim Johnnie Jermaine Rush, according to the Buncombe County District Attorney’s Office.

People took to Twitter to express their thoughts about the vandalism.

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