WESTFIELD, NJ — Police are investigating after vandals earlier this week cut down signs memorializing the victims of racial violence.
The cloth signs, which the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Westfield hung on a fence at the MLK Monument, bore the names Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Emmett Till, Freddie Gray, Philando Castille and Sandra Bland, a photo of the signs shows. By Thursday, volunteers had remounted the signs.
“The zip ties holding the signs to the fence at the traffic circle were cut,” said Sgt. Michael Walsh, of the Westfield Police Department. “[There] does not appear to be any physical damage to the signs. These signs were collected and turned over to their owner — a representative of the Westfield Martin Luther King Jr. Association.”
Walsh said the Detective Bureau is investigating the vandalism.
Elizabeth Wolf, president of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Westfield, said volunteers rehung the signs on Wednesday.
“We are disappointed that someone felt the need to damage a strong message of unity and respect from the Westfield community regarding the violence against black persons in our country,” Wolf said. “Acts of vandalism like this do not diminish the public outrage and concern for the state of racial justice in the United States.”
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