Lowell Man Charged After Allegedly Painting Swastikas in Westford
WESTFORD -- A 19-year-old Lowell man faces charges after police allege he hung more than a dozen racist flyers and spray-painted two swastikas in a populated Westford neighborhood Monday night.
George Carty, of 80 Sayles St., was arraigned Tuesday in Ayer District Court on two counts of tagging property and one charge of minor in possession of alcohol. He was released on personal recognizance with a condition not to possess liquor.
Police allege that a witness entered the Westford station around 11 p.m. Monday to report an unidentified male driving around and hanging racist flyers in the Nabnasset neighborhood. Officers responded and pulled over the vehicle in question, which they say Carty was driving.
In the police report, officers allege that they observed a staple gun, several racist flyers, a swastika cut-out “that had fresh wet black paint on it” and a pair of rubber gloves inside Carty’s vehicle while speaking with him.
Carty, a white man, allegedly told police he “randomly chose to come to Westford” so he could hang up flyers threatening violence against minorities. He allegedly told police he wanted to spread a message warning of “white genocide” and advocating for “race purity,” according to the police report.
Carty allegedly told police he had posted about 15 flyers and had printed a total of 50, according to the report. He also allegedly told officers he spray-painted swastikas on two stop signs and on one mattress or box spring.
All of the flyers and swastikas were posted on public, town-owned land in “a highly populated area with (a) public beach, playgrounds and schools nearby,” the police report noted. Police say they have since removed all of them.
In addition to the flyers, stapler and spray-paint, officers allegedly also found a bottle of Hennessy liquor, packets of racist stickers, a roll of duct tape, a pipe with a homemade handle, and a “blue manifesto book with hateful speech written by Carty,” according to the police report.
Police arrested Carty and held him overnight ahead of his Tuesday arraignment.
Carty’s next hearing in Ayer District Court was scheduled for Aug. 8.
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