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Posted on: January 24, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Norfolk police take action against offensive stickers in Ghent

NORFOLK, Va. (NPD) – Police are investigating after several stickers tied to hate group are found in the Ghent section of Norfolk.

On January 21, 2020, Norfolk Police were alerted to the posting of several QR code stickers in the 21st Street corridor of Norfolk. Officers immediately responded to the area and began to identify where the stickers were located.Offensive Ghent Sticker 2

Upon further investigation, it was revealed that when the sticker was scanned by a smartphone, the user would be directed to a New York based blog for white supremacists and Neo Nazis. Following their search, 40 stickers had been identified in that area. Most of the stickers were affixed to city signage including Stop Signs, No Parking Signs, and Pedestrian Walk Signs.

As a result, Community Resource Officers utilized personnel from the Department of Public Works to remove the stickers. Officers also spoke with local businesses impacted by the stickers as to how they can assist law enforcement in stopping the spread of offensive speech.

Offensive Ghent Sticker 3“I don’t care if the sticker, on its face, isn’t offensive” said Chief Larry D. Boone. “I want the citizens of Norfolk to know that if something or someone is spreading hate in our city, it will be dealt with swiftly and justly.”

While this incident is being investigated, police encourage community members to report any suspicious activity to law enforcement.

“We’ve all heard it, if you see something – say something,” said Chief Larry D. Boone. “Together we can send a clear message that hate has no place in Norfolk, Hampton Roads, or anywhere for that matter.”

Police ask anyone with information to call the Norfolk Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or submit a tip through the P3Tips mobile app.

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