The following is a statement from Middleborough Police Chief Joseph Perkins and West Bridgewater Police Chief Victor Flaherty:
“The Middleborough Police Department and West Bridgewater Police Department have been made aware of a number of stickers that have been posted at public places in both communities.
“The stickers are promoting a white nationalist group that has been identified by the Anti-Defamation League, the NAACP and Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group.
“On Monday, Nov. 4, Middleborough Police received a report that there was a hateful ‘poster’ hanging in the area of Four Corners. When an officer went to investigate, a small sticker was found on a traffic light post. The officer scraped the sticker off of the post.
“In West Bridgewater, the police department was made aware last week of two stickers that were posted in town.
“Officers responded to the location of the stickers and scraped them off.
“Both the Middleborough and West Bridgewater Police Departments do not tolerate the spreading of hateful messages in their respective communities. The stickers being placed on public property are considered acts of vandalism and any other stickers on public property promoting the group will also be taken down.
“Both departments have assigned detectives to look into the matter. Anyone who sees any additional stickers are asked to contact their local police department to have them taken down.”