The owner of Schmidt’s Welding and Machine Shop in Farmer City, Illinois, posted an inflammatory sign aimed at Michael Brown just days after the anniversary of his death.
"Congrats Michael Brown. One year with no criminal behavior,” the sign read on Aug. 11 and 12, a mere days after the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Brown by a white Ferguson, Missouri, police officer.
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Phil Schmidt, who owns the business, will not apologize for posting the sign. He says the message is similar to others he has posted over the years in front of his shop.
"It is what it is — all these people in Ferguson going crazy over a guy that broke the law three times that day, tried to kill a cop, tried to get his gun, it's crazy," Schmidt told The News-Gazette.
"What they're doing to cops makes me sick,” Schmidt added.
Officials will not force Schmidt to remove the sign, Opposing Views reports.
The city’s mayor does not approve of Schmidt’s actions.
“That is absolutely sad,” Farmer City Mayor Mike Jenkins said.
"When you do something like that, unfortunately it paints a picture of our entire community," Jenkins added. "There's no reason for that."
Schmidt believes the country has lost its “moral compass” and that he uses the sign to speak honestly.
"I'm not going to dance around somebody because I might hurt somebody's feelings," Schmidt said. "Everybody knows the way I feel about these things."
The Brown comments were removed from the sign on Aug. 12 and have been replaced by a critique of the BP oil spill and the government.
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