NUTLEY, NJ - A TAPinto Nutley reader stumbled on a race-based graffiti in Essex County Yanticaw Park while walking with her twins on Monday afternoon. The chalk message also used a slang term for the police.

Shortly after the message was discovered, the Nutley Police Department was alerted to the message and its contents.

The first portion of the chalk message, I hate N*ggers" is easily understood. The second part, f*ck the 12" uses a slang term that means "the police."

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The origin of the link between "12" and the police is not entirely clear. Some urban folklorists believe it to be a reference to the 1960s/ 1970s Los Angeles based police drama "Adam-12." Others believe the term comes from those involved in illegal drug trade, still others believe it comes from the police code "10-12." Whatever the origins, "the 12" is a reference to the police."

This is a developing story. TAPinto will share any additional details should they become known.