Boston U Police Seeking Public’s Help in Locating Suspect Caught on Camera Distributing Nazi Recruitment Posters Across Campus (VIDEO)
Police at Boston University are asking the public for helping in identifying a suspect who was caught on video distributing posters recruiting for the Nazi movement.
University police released surveillance footage of an unidentified person walking past the campus’ Yawkey Center for Student Services on Saturday night, and returning a few seconds later to tape a poster to the door of the building.
One of the posters spotted across campus read “Black Lives Don’t Matter,” and another said “The Atomwaffen Division Massachusetts” and included the message, “Join your local Nazis.” Another showed an image of Paul Revere, and changed his famous cry to read: “The Nazis Are Coming!”
The Yawkey Center is where a BU student first spotted the posters, according to the university. After the student reported them to the university, the BU Police Department found similar posters near the local CVS pharmacy and BU’s Engineering Product Innovation Center.
“How can someone like this be on campus?” said BU student Marlo Kalb, the first to post pictures of the posters online. “It’s really scary. As a Jewish student, I’m very concerned.”
Lauren Robbins, another BU student, said about the posters, “I think that’s absolutely ridiculous, especially at a place like this, where everyone’s so inclusive; it’s a very diverse school.” A fellow BU student added, “I think we just live in a time when a lot of hate has been rising up lately.”
A BU spokesperson confirmed to The Algemeiner on Thursday that all of the offensive posters have been removed from the campus. Commenting on students’ worries, the spokesperson said, “We are all concerned. It’s a concern to anyone, but I don’t think our students need to be concerned for their safety. We have a very good police department.”
The spokesperson added that though the perpetrators’s punishment will only be determined following a police investigation, the suspect faces charges of defacing property.
BU President Robert A. Brown condemned the posters in an email sent to staff and students on Tuesday, according to the university. He said he was “heartsick that our community has to experience the hatefulness displayed by the individual or individuals who posted this material.”
Anyone with relevant information is asked to call the BUPD at 617-353-3436; email the department at firstname.lastname@example.org; or text anonymous tips to 847411. Type in “BU,” then a space, then your message.
Watch the surveillance footage below.