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Janesville Police Department Investigating Circulating Racist Post

According to an update from the Janesville Police Department, yesterday a School Resource Officer informed the police department of a racist image that was being circulated on the social media platform, snapchat. The post compares local student athletes on a football field with racist and violent historical imagery. This act originated in the City of Janesville by a Milton High School student, and the Janesville Police Department has consulted with the Milton Police Department. The investigation is ongoing and a detective has been assigned to the case. Additionally, interviews with involved parties are underway. So far, the investigation has determined that the student athletes depicted in the image are juveniles as well as the individual who created the image. The Janesville Police Department has worked cooperatively with the Milton Police Department, School District of Milton, and the School District of Janesville during this investigation.

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