Supervisor: Lewd and anti-Semitic graffiti ‘intolerable’

Allegan County

WATSON TOWNSHIP, MICH. (WOOD) — A township supervisor in Allegan County is offering a cash reward to find the people responsible for painting lewd and anti-Semitic images on street signs and landmarks across the community.

Watson Township supervisor Kevin Travis says he learned on April 5 that about 12 signs were plastered with explicit symbols or swastikas. All the vandalized signs have been replaced, but that’s not enough for Travis. So, he is offering $100 of his own money for information to find those responsible for the vandalism.

“It’s intolerable, it’s disgusting, and it’s not going to happen in my community, at least while I’m the supervisor,” Travis said.

Travis says minority residents have expressed gratitude for how he has responded to the incident, but some are still anxious. 

“A resident told me that they’re afraid to go running by themselves now, she’s a minority too, and, ugh, it made me feel very disgusted to have her be in fear like that. I want her, and everybody around here to know that I’m here to stick up for you,” Travis said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office at 269.673.0500 or Silent Observer at 1.800.554.3633.

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