A Keller man made a political statement, then turned himself in to police.
Walter Brown, 59, stole eight political signs from around town, including some from in front of Keller Town Hall, according to Keller Police Department social media posts Thursday. The signs were for both Democratic and Republican candidates.
Brown then walked into the Keller police station and turned himself in, calling the signs “litter.”
Brown was charged with theft under $100, a Class C misdemeanor, according to Keller police.
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Stealing and vandalizing political signs is par for the course every election season, but this year the stakes are especially high — as are tempers.
In one Arlington neighborhood earlier this month, a Trump-Pence sign was stolen from a yard and tossed into a nearby park pond. The homeowner posted on Nextdoor, a social media site for neighborhoods, that a police report was filed for the incident.
“We are very disappointed that our First Amendment Right to Political Expression was violated today,” the homeowner wrote. “To the perpetrator, I have two things to say: 1) Tampering with political signs is ILLEGAL and 2) Honorable People Can Disagree; I ask you for your respect of our property rights and our freedom of expression, however strongly you disagree.”
The sign was retrieved by a neighbor and put back up in the homeowner’s yard, this time with a note attached that says it’s against the law to steal signs.
Or as one candidate might say: “That’s wrong. Wrong.”