The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) – A 44-year-old man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of posting offensive signs in the city, Colorado Springs police said.
Vincent Broughton of Colorado Springs is accused of posting signs near a church at the 200 block of East Platte Avenue earlier this month, according to a police news release.
Police did not provide details on the content of the signs, but Gazette news partner KKTV reported that they were racist in nature.
The signs appeared on three consecutive Sundays outside New Covenant Church in Colorado Springs. Pastor Roland Joyner says the signs were put up during afternoon service Sunday.
One said “Black men be aware, you are the target.”
Holly Garvin says while she’s not a member of the church, she replaced the racist signs with messages like “no more violence” and “God loves us all” hoping the person responsible will think twice before posting more hate.
Broughton was arrested Tuesday after he was suspected of posting more signs in the downtown area, police said.
“I did it. Probably about 100 or so, I’d come downtown every day and put up the posters.” said Broughton. “I want people to know how corrupt these people that run the town are, the police department, city council and people in the community.”
He is accused of committing a biased-motivated crime, disorderly conduct, harassment and littering, according to the news release. He was served and released on a summons to appear in court, police said. Broughton is scheduled to appear in El Paso County court Thursday for an unrelated charge.