Citizens concerned about needle debris and crime were frustrated after city employees were given orders to remove signs from public property that voice their community safety concerns. City Councillor Blaine Hyggen says the initiative of hanging signs is a non-violent way of enacting change, but it must be done on private property.
The bright-coloured signs contained several expressions, including: “No more needles”, “Kids deserve a needle-free city”, and “Citizens on patrol”.
The removal comes in the wake of a person who was caught damaging the crime prevention signs in a north side neighbourhood, while uttering threats to residents and calling them "anti-addict". Lethbridge Police have now charged 25-year-old Ashley Dawn Marshall in connection with the incident. Police say she is not an employee of or associated with the supervised consumption site. Marshall is scheduled to appear in court on October 30.