A man from Colorado Springs, Colorado, was arrested on Tuesday after police suspected him of leaving offensive signs near a church.
Vincent Broughton, 44, has been charged with committing a bias-motivated crime, disorderly conduct, littering and harassment.
One of the signs makes a reference to the KKK, while another sign reads, “Black men beware, you are the target,” according to CBS Denver.
The signs were found near the New Covenant Church of God in Christ, where the majority of the congregation is African American. The messages appeared for three Sundays in a row, according to KRDO.
On Monday, three signs appeared outside the Relevant World Christian Cultural Center. A sign posted in downtown Colorado Springs had Broughton’s telephone number listed.
Broughton told several local news outlets that he was the person behind the signs.
“I want people to know how corrupt these people that run the town are: the police department, city, council and people in the community,” Broughton said to KRDO.
“I didn’t mean ... to threaten anybody,” he told KKTV. "It’s just to let people know that there are ... racist people in our community who are out there to destroy the unity of America."
Broughton also said he had negative experiences with city officials, but did not disclose why he chose to target a church.
Pastor Roland Joyner reluctantly acted on the messages posted outside the New Covenant Church of God in Christ.
“We locked our doors this morning, so we were inside, but it shouldn’t be that way,” he said to CBS Denver. “You shouldn’t have to lock your doors in the church, it’s just — I’m speechless.”
The messages outside the church came nearly two weeks after an attack on a historic African American church which left nine dead in Charleston, South Carolina.
A September court appearance is scheduled for Broughton, according to KKTV.