A “Hands up, don’t shoot” sign is being painted on the sidewalk at Berkeley’s Main Street and is getting some attention from locals.
A local resident was taking photos of the sign, which reads “Keep Calm and Carry on” on Monday.
“It is a great sign, it is great for the community, but I think people are going to see it as a provocation, and that is not OK,” resident John Jorgensen said.
“I don’t think people should be doing that.”
He said the sign is an insult to the victims of police brutality, saying he was worried about the reaction to the news that police were being shot and killed by protesters at Berkeley.
Berkeley Police Chief Margo Bennett said it is “not appropriate to paint a message that encourages violence.”
She said there are no plans to remove the sign.