LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Signs that say "Snitches end up in ditches" have popped up all over West Louisville. The guy behind them seems to be just a random person but his message isn't sitting well with a lot of people.
"There's a certain type of respect that you have to have for your neighborhood," said Alicia Brown, a Louisville resident.
Brown calls the signs around her community disrespectful.
You may not notice them driving by on Broadway in West Louisville, but Brown says she's seen them and what's on them bothers her.
"It tears the community apart," said Brown. "You see so many gang wars going on."
The signs call Louisville snitch-rat city and snitches end up in ditches. It also says "While police are gaining your trust they are trained to never trust your dumb a**."
Brown doesn't agree with the message.
"If something happened to your family, you would want them to speak up," said Brown.
That same message from Monica White's family desperate for answers for the past year. White was found dead in a trash can in the Shawnee neighborhood. Her son knows that someone out there knows something.
"It is Louisville, the west end of Louisville," said Anthony White. "Everybody don't talk don't snitch, stop snitching. It's
what everybody lives and dies by around here."
Police believe a sign isn't going to stop the good people from coming forward. They've been working on building relationships with the community with peace walks and programs. Louisville Metro police say more people are turning to their anonymous tip line, 574-LMPD.
"When we first implemented back in 2004, we were averaging maybe 300 calls a month," said Dwight Mitchell, an LMPD spokesman. "Now,
that's in the thousands. So there are a lot of citizens who step up."
According to the signs, a man named Montrell Muhammad has been posting them. Muhammad openly talks about them on his Facebook page.
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[endif]"It's a free country right, but I think there are more productive ways to do this," said Rashaad Abdur-Rahman, director of the Louisville Metro Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods. "I would love to talk to him personally to find out what his is driving his platform."
WAVE 3 News did reach out to Montrell Muhammad on this Facebook page, but he has not responded.