Street signs blamed for harassment removed

 

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — They were meant to deter drugs in the 1990s, but some say street signs posted in Kalamazoo's Northside neighborhood opened the door for racial profiling by police.

Now, those signs are coming down.

“It feels great,” Ed Genesis told 24 Hour News 8 Tuesday, holding one of the signs that was taken down. “It’s like a trophy.”

The signs prohibit parking, stopping and standing.

“Even though it says no parking, no stopping, no standing and it’s related to vehicles, when you stood outside — just a group of young men, young women, just people — that would cause them (officers) to stop you and come up to you and have undue police contact,” Genesis’ wife Patrese Nicole said.

It was hard for the Kalamazoo husband and wife to hide their excitement after city crews began removing the signs April 12.

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