Racial slurs found on signs in Lockhart

Published 1:11 am Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Police are investigating a possible hate crime after two political signs with racial slurs were found in a Lockhart yard this weekend.

Lockhart Police Chief Ted Motley said the signs were placed in front of the Oneida Street home late Friday night or early Saturday morning. The homeowner discovered the signs, which were campaign advertisements for presidential candidate Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan, just before 9 a.m., and notified police. Florala Police Department officers responded as Lockhart has a mutual aid agreement with the city for police support.

“The officer seized the signs – one that had the ‘N’ word written on the back and another that said, ‘You (N-word in the plural form) better vote for Romney,’” Motley said.

“The people of Lockhart will not put up with racist activity or slurs,” he said. “The officer was very careful and collected the signs by only touching the metal posts, so it may be possible to get fingerprints.”

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact the Lockhart Police Department at 334-858-6744.