Between midnight and 7 a.m. today, Wednesday, March 18, a number of local businesses in East Austin were defaced with a racially offensive sticker.
The stickers included disparaging remarks toward persons of color. They also included the unauthorized use of the City logo and claimed City of Austin sponsorship. The stickers were neither produced nor knowingly displayed by the businesses and were removed by their employees when discovered this morning.
Austin Police Department and Public Assembly Code Enforcement (PACE) Teams have been made aware of the stickers. The City is closely monitoring local businesses for additional instances of defacement and will take appropriate action should further instances arise.
Mayor Steve Adler condemned the stickers.
“This is an appalling and offensive display of ignorance in our city. Austin condemns this type of hurtful behavior. Our city is a place where respect for all people is a part of our spirit and soul. We will keep it that way,” Adler said.
City Manager Marc Ott added the stickers don't represent the City of Austin.
“This is an affront to who we are as a City and who we are as a community. This type of cowardly and hateful act will not be tolerated in this city,” Ott said.
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