(MUNCIE STAR PRESS) — MUNCIE — Amid a tense atmosphere nationwide over report after report of police-action shootings and police officers being shot, it only took a billboard to set off an online controversy in Muncie.
A billboard reading "Hate cops? The next time you need help call a crackhead" was visible for at least a few hours on Saturday on an electronic billboard near the Wheeling and Riverside intersection in Muncie. Megan Thomas said she noticed it around 1 p.m. Saturday while walking with her niece along the Riverwalk. She was offended not just by what she called a message that was "vulgar, discriminatory to many different classes of people in our city," but also by the fact that it appeared to have gone up right before the start of a planned demonstration against police brutality, starting just a few blocks away.
"I was very ashamed that something so dividing was present in Muncie," Thomas said on Sunday.
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