‘Snitches end up in ditches’: Signs in Louisville threaten those who talk to police

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Threatening signs have been appearing in West Louisville apparently with aiming to discourage citizens from talking to the police. Law enforcement isn’t thrilled, and they’re not alone – family members of victims of violence resent the message.

A series of fliers has been popping up around West Louisville that compare the police to the KKK and refer to Louisville as “Snitch/Rat City.

While the police are gaining your trust,” the fliers warn, “they are train to never trust your dumb ass.

One flier goes on to say, “There was an old school saying: Snitches end up in ditches. Young and old black and white.

In a series of disjointed messages stapled to a telephone pole outside of a mini-mart, a Louisville local, Montrell Muhammad, is credited with the warnings. They compare the police to the Ku Klux Klan and describe always having a phone nearby as “characteristic of a black traitor.

Naturally, the Louisville Metro Police Department didn’t particularly like the KKK comparison, telling WDRB, “Obviously we'd disagree with its premise and just as we appreciate the tip that this sign was posted we appreciate any and all tips that could help us solve crimes and help us empower communities to overcome violent crime.

Muhammad, whose Facebook page indicates he fears a New World Order takeover of Louisville, has yet to offer any news source a comment, but his page offers speculation that 9/11 was an inside job and includes full color versions of the fliers posted around town.

Despite Muhammad’s intentions, the signs haven’t been well received by some. Louisville Metro Police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley told the Courier-Journal that the department had received multiple complaints about the posts. In addition, families who have lost loved ones to violence are unamused.

The father of Louisville rapper Donnie “McFly” Mattingly does not appreciate the signs, particularly while the killer of his son is likely still free.

It's not funny. It hurts me,” Donald Mattingly, Sr. told the Courier-Journal.

Mattingly believes that someone must know something about the identity of his son’s killer and said, "It’s not snitching when you tell that someone is killing someone.

If someone in your family gets hurt or killed you’d want to know who did it,” he added.