Daytona Beach

‘Black Lives Matter' Note Found Near Burning Police Car in Daytona Beach

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  • A police car in Daytona Beach was set on fire in the early hours of Sunday, with a nearby note mentioning the Black Lives Matter movement.

A Daytona Beach police cruiser was set on fire and a note referencing the Black Lives Matter movement was found nearby.

According to a statement from Daytona Beach police, dispatch received a call of a vehicle fire at 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Responding officers found a marked Daytona Beach police car fully engulfed in flames in front of the Islamic Center of Daytona Beach.

The car was being used as a "ghost car'' to deter crime in the area.

Fire crews responded and put the fire out. No one was injured.

Investigators found a note that said "Black Lives Matter. A. Sterling P. Castile. [Expletive] the police.'' It's unclear exactly where the note was found.

Police Chief Mike Chitwood says the car was likely firebombed with a Molotov cocktail.

The State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the incident.

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