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Retired police officers’ home vandalized in Hastings

Published: Aug. 8, 2020 at 4:25 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Two retired Hastings police officers are looking for answers after their home was vandalized with anti-law enforcement rhetoric.

When Kathy and Butch Eley walked outside Friday morning they found “ACAB” painted below their flagpole, which stands for ‘all cops are bad’ and other more profane versions. Farther down the sidewalk it read “Blue Lives Murder”.

Kathy served the Hastings Police Department for 41 years, Butch was in the Air Force and was on the department for 16 years. Now he serves on the city council.

“It’s a little upsetting because we are retired police officers and obviously we support the police officers but we’ve never murdered anyone, we’ve never harmed anyone,” Kathy said.

Paint was also splattered around their porch. The Eley's said they were concerned about the vandals coming back and are now going to get a security camera. They believe they chose their home because of their thin blue line flag that shows support for law enforcement.

“We’ve had it up before all this, we’ve had it up for years and we’re proud of our police department, we’re proud of our country,” Butch said. “We would not take either one down and we don’t fault or have a problem with anybody who would put up a different kind of flag.”

On social media, their post about the incident has been shared over 100 times. Some have even offered to pay a reward to find who did it. Kathy said they were concerned about their granddaughter who was home at the time of the vandalism.

“Thankfully we were able to clean it up but when you start damaging property it becomes very expensive and then you don’t know if you’re going to invade your home, your space, your family,” Kathy said.

They hope people would knock on their door to talk rather than deface their property in the future.

“If you have an opinion, if you have something to say to us, knock on the door we’ll talk to you about it,” Kathy said. “Don’t vandalize our property, don’t destroy our property. We worked hard for what we have and I would never do that to somebody else, ever.”

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