The Detroit News is reporting that an as-yet unidentified person hacked into a traffic sign in Allen Park, Michigan and reprogrammed it to say “TRAYVON A NIGGER”.
The image of the sign is courtesy of @mizkorona on Twitter, used with permission.
The Michigan State Police began receiving calls about the sign at about 1 a.m., according to Michigan Department of Transportation spokesman Rob Morosi.
“We were made aware that at about 1 a.m. someone hacked into a portable electronic message board we had on a trailer on WB Interstate 94 approaching Michigan Avenue,” Morosi said. “The sign is there as part of a big project we have at the I-94/M-39 (Southfield Freeway) interchange. Calls were coming in from motorists who were shocked, disturbed and every emotion you can imagine.”
Within an hour of being notified, MDOT contracted the subcontractor in control of the sign and a worker was dispatched to change the message.
“We also checked on the other signs to see if any of them had been hacked, but they were untouched,” Morosi said.
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