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State College Police Seeking Help Identifying Suspects Behind White Supremacy Stickers

State College police are asking community members for help identifying two individuals who were allegedly involved in distributing stickers bearing messages from a white supremacist group on property throughout the borough.

The two suspects’ pictures are included in this online press release. They’re believed to be part of a group of at least four persons of interest in the case, according to police.

The department said the stickers were distributed at more than 30 locations on Thursday, January 7. Recruitment stickers for the group, dubbed “Patriot Front,” were placed on light poles, traffic signals, and directory signs downtown.

State College Chief John Gardner said his department also found some stickers scattered across Penn State’s campus.

“We’re going to use our full ability and full authority to try to identify who these individuals are,” Gardner said at Monday night’s Borough Council meeting. “We’re not going to leave anything to chance.”

Anyone with additional information regarding the group’s stickers is encouraged to contact the State College Police Department by calling (814) 234-7150, sending an email, or submitting an anonymous tip.

In 2019, ProPublica referred to Patriot Front as “perhaps the most active white supremacist group in the nation.” Its organization occurs largely in private Internet communications, which BuzzFeed News reported in October “reveal a sophisticated network of extremists who are training for violence.”

Borough spokesman Douglas Shontz said stickers were removed as early as Thursday night, and ordinance enforcement staff scoured the borough Friday morning to remove more. He told StateCollege.com any hateful or dangerous speech isn’t welcome in the borough.

“State College is a very progressive and welcoming community. We take an exuberant amount of steps to make sure that everyone feels welcome here, especially the diversity that is attracted to the area because of Penn State,” Shontz said. “This type of hateful speech — not even protected First Amendment speech because some of the messages on these stickers are very inciting in their nature — is just not tolerated.”

Meanwhile, in Bellefonte, a group of community members quickly repainted the side of Jake’s Cards and Games this weekend after a mural was vandalized with messages from the same group, including one of its slogans, “Not stolen, conquered.” Bryce Taylor, who organized the repainting and owns the shop, said he was shocked by the immense community support.

“I’m overwhelmed,” Taylor told StateCollege.com. “This was validation for everything I’ve been talking about, everything I’ve been fighting for. It makes me feel really emotional. I feel loved today. We all feel loved today.”

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Matt DiSanto

Matt is a junior majoring in journalism and Onward State's managing editor. He's a huge Philadelphia sports fan, fantasy football aficionado, and washed-up drummer hailing from Collegeville, Pa. The quickest way to his heart is Margherita pizza. He loves Seinfeld, is really into video games, and would wipe the floor with you in Halo. Follow him on Twitter @mattdisanto_ for bad sports takes or email him at [email protected]

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