Give Now

Bloomington Construction Sign Hacked To Show Messages Protesting ICE, Armored Vehicle

A construction sign on the corner of South Woodlawn Avenue and East Grimes Lane displayed a message in protest to the city’s purchase of an armored vehicle. (Zach Herndon, WFIU/WTIU News)

An electronic construction sign on the corner of South Woodlawn Avenue and East Grimes Lane was hacked Wednesday morning in protest to the city’s purchase of an armored vehicle.

The sign displayed the words “ABOLISH ICE” and “BURN THE BEARCAT” in reference to the newly acquired Critical Incident Response Team vehicle that was revealed to the public on Tuesday night.

The city announced the purchase of the controversial Lenco Bearcat in February. Many residents have protested, voicing concerns about police militarization since the purchase of the CIRT vehicle.

Bloomington Communications Director Yaël Ksander confirmed the sign display was an act of vandalism.

She says the message has been removed and police are continuing to investigate the matter.

The hacked sign is intended to warn motorists of the Grimes and Walnut sewer project about eight blocks to the west. (Zach Herndon, WFIU/WTIU News)

Want to contact your legislators about an issue that matters to you? Find out how to contact your senators and member of Congress here.

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From