A man from Colorado Springs was arrested after leaving racist messages outside a church.
Vincent Broughton, 44, who is black, is facing charges for committed a bias-motivated crime, disorderly conduct, harassment and littering, after churchgoers complained that offensive signs were posted near the New Covenant Church in downtown Colorado Springs for the past couple of weeks, KRDO reports.
The signs were posted outside the New Covenant church that is predominately attended by African Americans. One sign referenced the KKK. Another reads, “Black men beware, you are the target.”
On Monday morning, three signs were found outside the Relevant World Christian Cultural Center near downtown Colorado Springs.
One sign downtown had Broughton’s phone number, and he admitted to posting the signs all around town.
“I did it. Probably about 100 or so, I’d come downtown everyday and put up the posters,” said Broughton. “I want people to know how corrupt these people that run the town are, the police department, City Council and people in the community.”
Messages on the signs include “Black Men Be Aware. You Are the Target,” “This Church Works for the KKK” and “This Church Identified as Devil’s [sic] for the KKK, the Police…”
Broughton says he’s had a bad experience with city officials, but he didn’t explain why he targeted the church.
The messages had the congregation on edge, as a few signs were placed starting on June 14, which is before the Charleston shooting that left nine dead, but it got much worse afterwards.
Pastor Roland Joyner said, “We locked our doors this morning, so we were inside, but it shouldn’t be that way. You shouldn’t have to lock your doors in the church, it’s just… I’m speechless.”