Michigan Transportation Sign Hacked to Display Racial Slur About Trayvon Martin

Apr 9, 2012
12:59 pm

We didn't believe it until we read about it, after receiving the following image via our social media networks, but the Detroit Free Press reported this morning that a road sign of the Michigan Department of Transportation was hacked over the weekend to display a racial slur about Trayvon Martin. Here is the image we got from a Facebook feed:

The Free Press reports:

A racial slur appeared on a portable road sign along westbound I-94 in Detroit early this morning after officials said the sign was hacked.

Motorists began calling police shortly before 1 a.m. to report the message believed to reference slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

The message called Trayvon a racial epithet on a sign located near Michigan Avenue, MDOT spokesman Rob Morosi said…

The racial message was up for about an hour before it was changed back to the original message warning of upcoming road construction.

“Someone either pulled over to the side of the road or walked down the slope, broke into the cabinet and changed the message,” Morosi said. The cabinet houses a keyboard and hard drive for the sign, he said.

MDOT is working with Michigan State Police to try to determine who is responsible.