Politically charged graffiti pops up in Augusta | Works of art or criminal trespassing?

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News 12 at 6 o'clock/ Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014


AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The messages painted in black and white are crystal clear to some in Downtown Augusta.

"Darkness attacking light and dark versus good," Augusta resident Brandon Burnett said.

"It's different and a good way for people to hear you," college student Haley Fortson said.

One thing all the pictures have in common are the letters "AC."

"It could be Augusta Chronicle," Fortson said.
We asked what about Augusta Commission.
"Maybe, it could be Augusta Chronicles as well," Fortson said.

Commissioner Grady smith has his own idea about what the AC stands for.

"Aiken County. I mean, you know AC. You know it could be Ann Coulter. I like her she's hot," Commissioner Grady Smith said.

Some are wondering could this have anything to do with political showdowns in Augusta Commission meetings?

We showed Commissioner Smith the pictures with most directly calling out local leaders.

"It makes me think whoever this person is doesn't have anything to do all day, but draw up stuff like this. They're two gutless to put their name on it," Smith said.

All the messages are painted on plywood on empty buildings in Downtown Augusta. DDA Executive Director Margaret Woodard says she just recently found out about the graffiti and called the sheriff's office.

As for Commissioner Smith, he says freedom of speech is welcome just not on someone else's property.

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