|Fort Thomas city worker removing remnants of hate group stickers left along North Fort Thomas Avenue and elsewhere.|
By Robin Gee, City Council Beat Editor
Last night, Fort Thomas resident Bret Olson was walking down North Fort Thomas Avenue when he saw some stickers with disturbing messages plastered on light poles. With phrases like “Better dead than red” and “Conquered not stolen,” these were propaganda stickers produced by the neo-nazi hate group Patriot Front.
Angered at seeing these on public property in his community, Olson removed as many of the stickers as he could, 12 in all, and reported the incident to the Fort Thomas police.
"Patriot Front is a neo-nazi organization that masquerades under the banner of patriotism and in other cities participants have been charged with hate crimes," said Olson. Other residents have told him they’ve seen the stickers in Highland Park as well.
Stickering of light poles and other public property is a violation of a city ordinance, according to Fort Thomas Police Sergeant Will Hunt. He has asked city crews to remove remnants of the stickers found around town.
Similar stickers have appeared over the last few days in downtown Cincinnati near the Great American Ball Park.
Patriot Front is a splinter group and rebranding of Vanguard America, the Texas-based organization that participated in the Unite the Right protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center that tracks US hate groups.
Sergeant Hunt asked residents to report any further incidents of stickering in our area.
|One of the stickers plastered on light poles around Fort Thomas.|