The sign, which is affixed to the inside of the back door, has the following message for those who find themselves placed inside the van: “Enjoy the ride, cuz we sure will!”
CNN affiliate WBAL reported that the photos were taken Tuesday near the Central District Police Station.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the change comes in the wake of protests after the death of 25-year-old Gray, who was fatally injured while being transported to lockup in a police van in April on an unspecified charge.
Based on the images, the sign seems positioned so that people in the back of the van will see it. Officers often place arrestees in such vans to transport them to a police station.
Now, the department is conducting an internal investigation and reviewing all police vehicles.
The city’s police department released a statement Friday that denounces the sign as “concerning and unacceptable”, the Associated Press reports. “Internal investigations will be initiated when appropriate”. Jarron Jackson said the department is taking the finding very seriously. She said the city needs working equipment so that police can respond if trouble breaks out following trial verdicts in the Gray case.