A large Black Lives Matter banner in Auburn has been damaged.
Rev. Patrick Heery took to Facebook to let the community know that witnesses saw a person cutting the zip ties that secured the sign to the frame on the lawn of the church.
That individual was later arrested, according to Heery, who spoke to Finger Lakes News Radio about the incident.
“There is great strength among the people, but the truth is that we also have outright racists,” Rev. Heery said.
A GoFundMe campaign started earlier in the week has doubled it’s goal to get the banner replaced, and a local resident also offered to pay for a new banner.
The Auburn Police Department says they’re continuing the investigation. Anyone with information is urged to call 315-253-3235.