LINCOLN SQUARE — People are being asked to remain vigilant after racist stickers were found on city street signs in Lincoln Square over the weekend.
The racist stickers were found less than a week after a horde of Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in Washington, D.C., in an attempted coup that resulted in the deaths of at least five people, including a Capitol police officer. Known white supremacists and members of racist hate groups were among the rioters.
Over the weekend, neighbors notified Ald. Matt Martin’s (47th) office of stickers promoting white supremacy and defending Kyle Rittenhouse on street signs in the 4600 block of North Lincoln Avenue.
Rittenhouse, 17, is facing murder charges after fatally shooting two people and wounding a third while they were protesting Kenosha, Wisc., police shooting Jacob Blake last year. Rittenhouse has pleaded not guilty.
Martin notified neighbors of the stickers and their removal by city crews in a Monday tweet.
Police said they were not aware of the stickers or of any other reports of suspicious people or activity regarding the vandalism or promotion of hate speech in the area over the past week.
The stickers were found less than a mile from where flyers promoting the far-right hate group the Proud Boys were distributed throughout Lincoln Square in October.
The flyers were put on car windshields just days before the presidential election.
Members of the Proud Boys have been known to engage in violence and have been convicted of violent crimes, according to the Anti-Defamation League, a nonprofit organization that tracks extremist groups.
Members of the Proud Boys also participated in the violent attempt to overtake the Capitol.
The Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce notified its neighborhood litter removal crew to be on the lookout for similar vandalism and hate speech when they’re cleaning the area, said Executive Director Rudy Flores.
“The 47th Ward community will not tolerate actions that promote white supremacy, including the public placement of deeply disturbing stickers this past weekend,” Martin said, in a statement. “As the events at the U.S. Capitol last week made clear, we must remain vigilant in reaffirming that hate has no home in our community, and that we welcome diversity in its many beautiful forms.”
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