A Virginia man is accused of posting QR-code stickers on street signs and telephone poles to promote a blog for white supremacists and neo-Nazis.
The stickers first appeared in the city of Norfolk in January, but police said officers worked with the Department of Public Works to quickly remove each one of them.
The signs featured a QR code that, when scanned by a cellphone camera, directed users to a New York-based website filled with racist content, the Norfolk Police Department said in a news release.
Months after they were removed, the signs began re-appearing in the city on June 6 — just as protests against racial injustice and police violence were sweeping the country in the wake of George Floyd’s caught-on-tape death in Minneapolis at the hands of police.
Following an investigation, police said the person posting the stickers was 33-year-old Samuel Caskey of Virginia Beach. He was arrested Friday and faces a misdemeanor graffiti charge.
If convicted, he could face up a year behind bars and a fine of up to $2,500.
Police Chief Larry Boone said such “racially divisive behavior” would not be tolerated in Norfolk.
“Let me be very clear, discriminatory acts such as this will be thoroughly investigated by the Norfolk Police Department, and those responsible will be held accountable for their actions,” he said in a statement.