Stickers with swastikas on them have been spotted in downtown New Albany recently. The stickers were posted on poles and electrical boxes on main roads and down alleyways. Most of the stickers were taken down by Monday afternoon.
Ethan Johnson works at a New Albany coffee shop and has been taking down the stickers whenever he notices them.
“I saw probably up to 14 the night that I saw them on multiple intersections all together,” Johnson said. “And that was anything from swastikas to skeletons saying we are returning, something like that.”
“You really just have to take the approach to stamp that out. You can’t be passive with things like that, you have to get rid of it,” he said. “You know, you hear a lot about things like this existing in the area but once you see it first hand, it’s really disgusting.”
New Albany Police Chief Todd Bailey said his department is aware of what’s happening. He said officers have been told to document and remove any of the stickers they see.
“You would think that kind of hate is over, you know,” Hattie Peyron of New Albany said, adding: “It makes me really sad, honestly. I don’t want people to think that this is acceptable here in New Albany because it’s not, not at all.”
“On a widespread level, people just have to care enough to do something about it,” Johnson said.
At this point, no one has reported seeing someone place the stickers throughout the city. Anyone with information should call the police, Chief Bailey said.