'KKK' spray-painted on sign honoring civil rights activist

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Posted on January 20, 2012 at 3:00 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 24 at 3:49 AM

(KMOV) -- A road sign along southbound Interstate 55, dedicated to civil rights activist Rosa Parks, was vandalized, then partially taken down early Friday morning.

MoDOT received reports that the letters "KKK" had been spray painted on the sign.  After this had been verified they called St. Louis County Police, who sent their crime scene unit out to investigate.  Police also found bullet holes in the sign, but police are not sure if the damages were created by the same person or group.

After police completed an initial investigation, MoDOT crews took down two panels of the sign, which had the writing on them, and took them back to their sign shop.  MoDOT supervisors said workers were able to remove the graffiti, so the sign will not have to be replaced.  Workers plan to reinstall the affected panels sometime Friday afternoon.

If police find who spray painted the sign, they could be charged with a hate crime.

 

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