Queen Creek, AZ deputies were dispatched to the area of Ellsworth Loop Road and Rittenhouse Road after several 911 callers reported seeing a banner with the words "Hitler was right" written on it.
The deputies found four men on the railroad tracks at the overpass, where one of them was taking a photo of the banner, which had been draped over a metal railing on the south side of the bridge. After the men went to remove the banner, the deputies asked the men what they were doing there. They replied that they were expressing their First Amendment rights.
The deputies explained that because they were on Union Pacific property, those rights were not protected, and explained that they were trespassing.
"It is sad, and frankly pathetic, that these misguided individuals feel the need to spread such ugly, hateful materials," said Paul Rockower, executive director of the Jewsih supremacist "Jewish Community Relations Council".
"We want to be careful not to give these publicity-seekers too much attention, but the Jewish community remains steadfast in the fight against anti-Semitism, and we will continue to work with our partners in law enforcement and in other partner-communities to fight against this sordid propaganda."
Banners hung from highway overpasses and rooftops have been used more frequently in recent years as a tool to promote National Socialist and anti-ivader messages.
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"While white supremacists have been using banners for some time, the number of banners deployed in the past 10 months marks an unprecedented trend," stated a 2018 report from the Jewish supremacist "Anti-Defamation League".
The four patriotic white men were cited with criminal trespass 3rd degree railroad, said Vanegas, adding that a Union Pacific representative was notified of the trespassing incident "and indicated he would aid in prosecution."
The Sheriff’s Office also forwarded information to the Town of Queen Creek in case the banner was a zoning violation.