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The Oregon mayor was stunned to find a dead raccoon and a sign with a ‘racially hateful’ message outside his office mentioning the city’s first-ever black councilman

  • Redmond Mayor Ed Fitch found the raccoon and the sign on Monday
  • The sign mentioned Fitch and Redmond Councilman Clifford Evelyn by name
  • Fitch called the sign language ‘racially hateful’ but declined to elaborate

An Oregon mayor was shocked to find a dead raccoon and a ‘racially hateful’ sign mentioning the city’s first-ever black councilman outside an Oregon mayor’s law office, reports the police.

Redmond Mayor Ed Fitch discovered the raccoon and the sign on Monday, the Redmond Police Department said in a news release.

The sign mentioned Fitch and Redmond Councilman Clifford Evelyn by name, police said.

Fitch called sign language “racially hateful”. He declined to give details but told the Bulletin, “I feel bad for Clifford.”

“It seems there are people in town who can’t accept the fact that Clifford is black and sits on city council.”

Someone left a dead raccoon and a sign with “intimidating language” mentioning a black councilman outside an Oregon mayor’s law office, police said.

Police are not releasing the exact sign language in order to maintain the integrity of the investigation, city spokeswoman Heather Cassaro said.

Police said they are investigating the act as a potential crime of second-degree bias.

Evelyn, a retired law enforcement officer who was elected to the council in 2021, described the act as a hate crime but said he had confidence in the police investigation, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported.

Raccoon imagery has long been an insulting and anti-black caricature in the United States.

With roots in slavery, he is among “the most blatantly degrading stereotypes of all black people”, according to the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Imagery in Michigan.

In recent years, a teenage girl from Black Redmond found a threatening message on her doorstep, while a failed Deschutes County Commission candidate displayed a Confederate flag during the town’s July 4 parade.

“People in this part of the country are going to have to catch up,” Evelyn said. “Only the morons can’t get on the right track. And they hurt everybody and make us look bad.

Fitch is also resolved to carry on with business as usual after witnessing it.

The sign mentioned Mayor Ed Fitch and Redmond Councilman Clifford Evelyn (pictured) by name, police said

The sign mentioned Mayor Ed Fitch and Redmond Councilman Clifford Evelyn (pictured) by name, police said

Redmond Mayor Ed Fitch found the raccoon and the sign on Monday, the Redmond Police Department said in a news release.

Redmond Mayor Ed Fitch found the raccoon and the sign on Monday, the Redmond Police Department said in a news release.

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“I’m just not going to give in to cowards,” he said. “It’s sad that people would do something like this because it doesn’t reflect our community and the people who live here.”

Redmond Police Chief Devil Lewis said in a statement that his department has “zero tolerance for hate speech of any kind, against any person or group.”

“We will work quickly to resolve this matter and seek to hold accountable those who have done this to our community.”

“We all know our community is better than this, and we will move forward in that vein,” Fitch added.

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