Sterling Heights Police investigate racist signs put up around the city

Posted at 6:36 PM, Oct 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-17 18:36:27-04

People woke up Wednesday morning to see images of hate on signs in their Sterling Heights neighborhood.  

One of the signs depicted a gunman taking aim at minorities.

It isn’t the first time it has happened.  Police say it happened about a week ago in Sterling Heights neighborhoods.

The signs advertise a hateful white supremacist website that denies the Holocaust.

“I think it is disgusting,” said John Connor, who lives about a block from where signs were posted near 18 Mile Road and Lafayette.

Connor says it is unpatriotic. He is a veteran who served our country for the sake of all people.

“We won’t stand for it,” said Chief Dale Dwojakowski of the Sterling Heights Police Department.

Chief Dwojakowski says whoever put the signs up broke the law.  

Not only are they hateful, but it is also against city ordinance to put up signs on telephone poles.  

He says the fact that residents responded by condemning the signs on social media, calling the police and physically removing them sends a message about the community.

“This community is against hate,” said Dwojakowski.  “Every single person in this community has the right to live, raise their family, and feel safe.  We are going to make sure that happens.”

Dwojakowski says if you live near where the signs were posted and have surveillance video of who is putting them up, police are interested.