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People Are Putting Up These Posters That Accuse The Met Police Of Racism

The posters that describe the Metropolitan police as "racist, violent and corrupt" are in 30–40 locations around London.

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In public spaces and on bus stop signs across London, people have been spotting posters that accuse the Metropolitan police of being racist and violent.

Dear Bernard, stop killing people & lying about it and we might stop fucking with your shit http://t.co/Aq0wYCMhfr

The posters intentionally mimic a campaign by the Met itself that intended to shed light on the force's accomplishments in the city.

The posters, which are in bus stop advertising spaces and telephone boxes at around 30-40 locations, accuse the police of being violent, racist, and corrupt.

#ACAB Les campagnes de contre-pub contre la police britannique reprennent ! Compte à suivre: @SpecialPatrols

Last December, a set of similar posters by Strike! Magazine went viral after its designs were plastered in bus stop advertising spaces.

Strike! Magazine told BuzzFeed News it created the posters because the Metropolitan police spent "excessive" money on an "absurd" public relations advertising campaign.

The magazine also believes the official posters don't reveal accurate information, and accuses them of spending money on the campaign to "help disguise their own criminal record".

"When we challenged them to prove the statistics in their posters were true, they not only couldn't but said they didn't have to," the magazine told BuzzFeed News. "They are telling the public things they know cannot possibly be true – otherwise known as lies – and spending vast sums of public money to do so."

The new round of posters was created by Strike! Magazine, but it told BuzzFeed News it had no involvement beyond creating the designs.

It said it is "obviously enormously pleased" someone's taken the initiative to place the posters across the city. The Special Patrol Group, an art-activism organisation based in London, has claimed responsibility for this.

The posters have been spotted near New Scotland Yard, the Royal Courts of Justice, and Lewisham police station, and in Peckham, Camberwell, Brixton, Streatham, Tower Hamlets, Elephant and Castle, Waterloo, and New Cross.

Strike! Magazine says the response to all of the posters has been overwhelmingly positive. One person told the magazine: "When I saw one of these on Fleet Street, I felt like I could breathe again."

Real advertisement strikes again.. Via @SpecialPatrols

BuzzFeed News has contacted the Met for comment.

Rossalyn Warren is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Rossalyn Warren at rossalyn.warren@buzzfeed.com.

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