Police investigate anti-gay slur on campaign sign

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published October 22, 2015


SOUTHFIELD — Police are looking into the destruction of a campaign sign promoting Kenson Siver for mayor.

Siver is a former city councilman who is running for mayor in the Nov. 3 election against Sylvia Jordan.

According to Deputy Chief Nick Loussia, the damage to the sign was reported Oct. 14, and took place in the area of 10 Mile and Rutland. He said police believe that on Oct. 11, the sign was damaged and knocked down. It was then repaired on Oct. 12.

Sometime between then and Oct. 14, the posts holding up the sign were again damaged, knocked down and defaced with anti-gay slurs.

Loussia said police are looking into who committed the crime.

“This would probably be a willful, malicious destruction of property. A misdemeanor, most likely, but there are different factors that go into the decision-making process,” Loussia said. “At this time, we are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying who is responsible.”

Equality Michigan, a statewide anti-violence and advocacy organization working primarily for Michigan’s LGBT communities, has denounced the vandalism in published reports, calling it horrible and saying it shows that there is more work for the group and its supporters to do.

Jordan denied any involvement in the destruction of Siver’s sign.

“Our campaign had nothing to do with those signs. It’s unfortunate that has happened, and I do sympathize with him. Unfortunately, that’s the nature of the election. I’ve had to go out and buy more signs because somebody stole my signs. Elections bring out the worst in folks — not necessarily those running, just those in the community,” Jordan said.

Jordan said she doesn’t know who is responsible for the destruction, but she wishes it would stop.

“I don’t know what to say. It could be folks that are upset. We live in a crazy world — that’s the bottom line. People have issues and they take it out in various ways. My campaign had nothing to do with vandalism with his signs,” Jordan said. “What will it take for this mud slinging to my name to stop in regards to negative events happening in his name?”

In late August and September, two fliers were circulated throughout the city containing the photos of several elected city officials, along with racist and anti-gay slogans.

Siver did not return several requests for comment about the campaign sign by press time.