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'There are Nazis in our neighborhood:' New billboard in Tacoma draws attention

A new billboard in Tacoma is drawing a lot of attention along Pacific Avenue and 72nd Street. The billboard says, “There are Nazis in our neighborhood.” (Photo: KOMO News)

TACOMA, Wash. - A new billboard in Tacoma is drawing a lot of attention along Pacific Avenue and 72nd Street.

The billboard says, “There are Nazis in our neighborhood.”

Neighbors in the group, “Tacoma Against Nazis” said they're fighting back against what they feel is white supremacy invading their community.

"Nazi activity and white supremacy is not welcome in Tacoma,” said Hope Teague-Bowling who lives in the neighborhood and is in the group Tacoma Against Nazis. “You're not welcome here to do business, you're not welcome to live here and we don't want you around."

Neighbors said last week they took down fliers urging people to, "Keep America American" and report undocumented immigrants to ICE.

The group also protested a local business they believe supports white supremacy.

“In particular members of our community who are people of color who saw flags flying by a house—a residence that’s connected to business owners here in Tacoma, that we know who have documented in their social media they’re actively involved in white supremacist groups,” said Cheryl Miller from Tacoma Against Nazis.

Tacoma police said they've heard the concern, but they told KOMO news no crimes have been committed and hate crimes have not been rising in the city.

"We're all members of the community, we all deserve to feel safe in our community,” said Miller.

KOMO News asked Tacoma city leaders what their billboard policy is.

Officials said while city code can regulate the location of a billboard, including the height, zoning and size, "the city code does not regulate content of the billboards, nor is city staff involved in leasing or advertising decisions made by the billboard owner."

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