A Florida man who allegedly hung hate symbols, including a swastika, from a bridge has been arrested, The Guardian reported.
Jason Brown, 48, hung the banners on the Daryl Carter Parkway overpass in Orlando. He has been charged with criminal mischief.
Authorities said there were three outstanding arrest warrants for additional suspects who live out of state and “whose actions were in violation of newly enacted state law”, which prohibits individuals from displaying or projecting images on to a building, structure or property without permission.
According to police, the suspects placed the banners along a fence in June without receiving written permission. The banners, which included various racist messages, hung directly over the I-4 highway, police said.
Authorities said Brown claims to be a member of the Order of the Black Sun, an antisemitic extremist hate group described by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) as a small neo-Nazi network based primarily in Florida, which was formed earlier this year by longtime affiliates of the state’s overlapping white supremacist network.
“We want to thank Governor DeSantis for his support of law enforcement and for the signing of HB 269, giving us the tools to arrest this hate-filled radical,” the FDLE commissioner, Mark Glass, said in a statement. “This activity will not be tolerated in the greatest state in the country: Florida.”
Read the full report over at The Guardian.