GLOVERSVILLE- A Broadalbin man was arrested by city police Thursday after he removed a city stop sign on Lawrence and Franklin streets that had a racial slur painted on it, city police said.
Lee E. Schopmeier, 71, of 647 Lake View Road, Broadalbin, removed the sign from its post, creating a hazardous condition for motorists, police said.
Schopmeier was charged with second-degree criminal nuisance.
Police said Schopmeier previously filed a report about the sign and an officer canvassed the neighborhood looking for a possible witness, but police couldn't find evidence regarding who may have painted the racial slur.
The department then assigned a work order with the city Department of Public Works to clean or remove the sign, but it wasn't taken care of fast enough, in Schopmeier's opinion, said city police Chief Donald VanDeusen.
DPW Director Kevin Jones did not return a phone call seeking comment this morning by press time.
"We are sensitive to the racial slur in this case, but we couldn't remove the sign because that would create a hazard to the public," VanDeusen said. "We want to discourage people from taking matters into their own hands."
Schopmeier was released on an appearance ticket. He declined comment for this story.
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