Mich. officials ‘appalled’ by racist Trayvon Martin message on road work sign

Matthew Boyle Investigative Reporter
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Michigan Department of Transportation director Kirk Steudle condemned the hacking of an electronic highway road work sign that was changed to read “TRAYVON A NIGGER.”

Trayvon Martin was shot and killed earlier this year by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Florida.  He was 17 years old and unarmed at the time of his death.  (SEE ALSO: TheDC’s full coverage of the Trayvon Martin case)

“Everyone at MDOT is appalled by this criminal act,” Steudle said in a statement. “We will do everything we can to cooperate with the Michigan State Police investigation and we look forward to bringing the responsible party to justice.”

The sign, according to MDOT, is located along I-94 in Detroit, and was “hacked” shortly after midnight on Monday. State officials said the derogatory message was “dismantled” by 1 a.m.

Michigan State Police are reportedly investigating the incident, and Michigan transportation officials say they plan to cooperate with the investigation.

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