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July 17, 2019
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‘Blacks can’t walk or work in this neighborhood,’ sign warns

A controversial sign critical of the Houston Police Department and planted in a public median in the Sawyer Heights area is now in the trash.

“I don’t want anybody reading that,” she told ABC13 Eyewitness News.

“I decided to get it off the street. I didn’t want any child reading that period, and thinking their dreams could be restricted based off of a sign,” Perez added.

What drivers couldn’t see from afar was a sexist insult along with a female Houston police officer’s name on the bottom of the sign.

Late Friday afternoon, HPD spokesman Victor Senties said he was not aware of the sign, but said the department is “Looking into it.” Perez does not wish to silence anyone but does not think the way the message was delivered was effective.

So-called “Bandit” signs are against city ordinance.

“If you feel like you’ve been wronged, you should definitely speak up, but in a way that hurts everybody, I don’t think it does any good,” Perez said.

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